Have you ever tried eating a whole duck? Eyes, legs, bones, feathers, and everything?
Balut is that.
Balut (also spelled as balot) is a Filipino term for a fertilized developing egg embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as street food in China and other Southeast Asian countries.– Wikipedia
Origin of balut egg
The Chinese are said to have introduced this delicacy in 1885 in the island nation of Philippines. Called maodan in the Chinese language, which roughly translates to ‘hairy egg’, the taste of balut quickly spread to other Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, which began preparing, eating and selling this midnight snack in very large numbers. Balut, which means ‘wrapped’, is generally prepared from duck’s eggs and is not only a healthy and nutritious item of food, but is also considered to be a great aphrodisiac by the locals. A quick look inside the shelled delicacy could be a bit revolting to many; but what is it that actually goes into its preparation that has placed balut on the list of one of the strangest and most disgusting food items in the world?source: https://www.ststworld.com/balut/
I don’t care! All I know is I hated how it tasted. The thought that I’m eating a whole body of a baby duck made me puke. And top of all that, I hate the idea that they’re boiling the bird alive on its shell.
Sorry mga kababayan ko, 🙁 (transl: my fellow countrymen) this not my proudest moment of our food.
The reaction of this man in the video below is pretty much how I reacted when I first (and last) tried it when I was 9 years old.
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