Ever Tried A Rat Burger? Now You Can (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

It’s always nice when the latest hip food craze is something super affordable and easy to get your hands on, right?

We’re not totally sure that we’d ever be ready for these RAT BURGERS though.

Take a look:

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It doesn’t look half bad, to be honest. Then again, you can put just about anything on a bun and make mouths water.

The meat in question, served at Krasnodar Bistro in Russia, doesn’t come from just any rats. It comes from coypu, also known as nutrias or river rat, a species common in southern Russia that fits right into Moscow’s recent focus on serving locally sourced, high-quality food.

“I have it here and at one of my other restaurants,” Krasnodar owner and chef Takhir Kholikberdiev told the Guardian. “Other chefs have started to use it here. And now, if you go to the market in Moscow, they might not have nutria available every day, but they’ll get it in for you within a week if you ask.”

There is an excess of nutrias leftover from the 1990s, when many people could not afford traditional fur coats and bred the river rats as a substitute. But they breed so quickly, that they are common in many areas.

“Every village in Krasnodar region would have 100 or so nutrias, and when you went to stay with your grandparents, they’d always stew one up for you,” said Kholikberdiev.

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Even so, they weren’t exactly common in Moscow, even though Kholikberdiev says that the meat is easy to work with and stays juicy even if you overcook it.

“It’s a really clean animal; not only is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats,” he added, of the food that reportedly tastes like a mix between turkey and pork. “And it’s very high in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dietitians recommend it.”

However you feel about eating rats, it’s actually not that weird to serve them. People in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, parts of the Philippines and Indonesia, Thailand, Ghana, China and Vietnam all eat rats on the regular, reports the BBC.

Sources: Guardian, BBC / Photo Credit: Peleg/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: exotic meat, nutria, rat burger, russia, weird food
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