Rat-on-a-stick, also referred to as rat kebab, is a dish or snack consisting of a roasted rat served on a stick or skewer.[1][2] The dish is consumed in Thailand and Vietnam.[1][3] Prior to roasting, the rat is typically skinned and washed, after which it is gutted to remove its internal organs and then roasted.[1]

By country

Rat meat is considered by some people in South Vietnam and Thailand to be a delicacy, and in recent times, its popularity has increased in both countries.[1][4][2] It is also served as a street food in these countries. Rat kebab is also a dish in some Cantonese recipes.[5]

In popular culture

Rat-on-a-stick has been consumed by contestants on the U.S. reality television show Survivor.[a]

See also


  1. ^ "Live larvae for lunch and rat-on-a-stick for dinner may be the reality for the castaways on CBS's hit show Survivor..."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Watson, Leon (December 4, 2013). "Vietnam restaurant offers roasted rat on stick as local delicacy". Daily Mail. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Shukla, Pragati (June 23, 2017). "Halloween Horror: Rat on a Stick". NDTV. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ Molloy, M.J.; Duschinsky, P.; Jensen, K.F.; Shalka, R.J. (2017). Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975-1980. McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History. MQUP. p. 323. ISBN 978-0-7735-5063-6. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ McFadyen, Siobhan (October 19, 2015). "Rice farmers rake in extra cash during harvest season". Daily Mirror. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ Mitchinson, J.; Lloyd, J. (2008). The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong. Crown/Archetype. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-307-44991-7. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News Publishing Corporation. 2000. p. 37. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 

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