||City rats are not something to be sought after for dinner except under seige conditions, but their country cousins are a different matter. The ones that live in the fields are clean, at least by animal standards. We ran across a restaurant in Long Xuyen that specialized in rat while on a motorcyle trip through the Mekong Delta. There were cages stacked in the back where you could go to pick your rat, just like at Red Lobster. I would guess an afficionado would know what to look for, but being unschooled in this art, we left it up to the waitress. And it was delicious. By the time we were done and decided to go for another round of rat, the cages had been emptied by the dinner crowd.