Well, not so dirty, especially after you burn the hair off and then cook it. What am I talking about? Well in Guilin one of the local specialty foods is bamboo rat. Bamboo rat is a little different than the rat we know in the states. It looks more like a possum than a rat, though still not the cutest rodent in the world.
I met a local guy in Guilin through couchsurfing who knew of a spot to eat rat, so away we went. I wasn't too worried about getting the plague but I was worried about it tasting very nasty. Let's see what happens...
Looks a lot different here, no? Tasted delicious, really I'm not just saying that. It had sort of a slight mutton taste but not too overwhelming but also a little taste of rabbit. Very boney which can be an annoyance but that's most foods in China. They really had a nice spice in the marinade. to the right were some very tasty and spicy Guilin mei fun (rice noodles).
All in all I'm glad I got the chance to eat rat. The only negative is that it's surprisingly expensive for what it is but I guess a lot of delicacies are this way.