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Рак – Crayfish, Crawdads, речной рак or “рак”

Рак or say Rak!

Close enough…

РакIt means crawdaddy in the Louisiana buoys and it means happy Russians on a Russian train. That is where I first saw Russians eating crawdads. I watched as babushkas sold long packs full of cooked crawdads or “pak,” at the train stops as you travel across the country. It interested me at the time for in my restaurants back home, that I owned, I sold Friday-night all you can eat crawdads and it went over fantastic…

I have seen crawdads (рак) in Russia, just as easy to find as our village river. They are not abundant, but are there and pretty big in size.I am thinking about rigging up a bacon baited trap for the little devils and having boiled crayfish in the village this year…

I could invite the neighbors in the village, for I bet they have never had a “good ole boil” to munch on. Oh I can just taste those crawdads (рак,) potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimps, and mushrooms all piled on a huge table just waiting for a bunch of hungry humans to eat it all up…

Рак; Here is a Crawdad Song for the Russians…

Crawdad (рак) Song by Woody Guthrie

You get a line and I’ll get a pole, honey.
You get a line and I’ll get a pole, babe.
You get a line and I’ll get a pole
And we’ll go fishin’ at the crawdad hole,
Honey, oh babe, oh mine.
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, honey.
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, babe.
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back,
Packin’ all the crawdads he can pack,
Honey, oh babe, oh mine.He fell down and broke that sack, honey.
He fell down and broke that sack, babe.
He fell down and broke that sack.
‘Twas a sight to see the crawdads back to back,
Honey, oh babe, oh mine.What you gonna do when the lake goes dry, honey?
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry, babe?
What you gonna do when the lake goes dry,
Sit on the bank and watch the crawdads die?
Honey, oh babe, oh mine.I heard the duck say to the drake, honey,
I heard the duck say to the drake, babe,
I heard the duck say to the drake, “There ain’t no crawdads in this lake.”

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Eat some pак today, they are delicious. From what I can tell most of the pre-cooked “packed pak” in Russia are from China, but I have seen some Russian “packed pak” here lately, for the  British “packed pak” in the recent past, but became “pak packed” back to home… 🙂

Now you know a bit more about Russians…

Posted by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

The copy scores 90.2 in the Flesch Reading Ease test, which is considered very easy to read…

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