Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you the balut. (Warning: Graphic photos)
Voted as #1 most terrifying food in the world, it’s been a staple “must do” for anyone visiting the Philippines and a challenge for those adventurous enough to stomach this known delicacy. But is it that terrifying as most publications tell it to be?
Here’s the lowdown:
Balut is fertilized duck egg (Yes, it has a duckling fetus inside). It’s a common street snack here in the Philippines and other Southeast Asia countries and notoriously known to freak out those who attempt to take a bite. It’s often boiled and eaten on its shell. It takes around 17 days to prepare a balut and for some, 19-21 days if you want it mature (ie with the beaks and feathers already in it).
In the Philippines, there are other varieties of eating balut. You can try it fried, scrambled, in a soup, on a pastry bun – but the best experience is eating it the traditional way – boiled and while still warm.
Now, if you are looking to macho it up and try it, here are some tips to make the experience better:
1. Don’t look at what your eating
2. Add salt or chili
3. Drink it with a beer (everything goes well with a beer)
To be honest with you, I never really liked balut and I have never tried balut until I was 23 after I dared my German friend Dennis to try one.
My conclusion: It taste like a hard boiled egg with a slight crunchiness to it. Adding a pinch of salt and chili definitely helps make it more tasty. But trust me that it taste better than it looks. Bon Appetit!
(photos from Dennis)
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