Balut — Best Eaten With Your Eyes Closed

 This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Author Marshall Astor from San Pedro, United States Source Inside a Balut – Embryo and Yolk.

I actually saw this dish being served in two reality shows. One is Survivor and the other is Amazing Race. Balut is an 11 day old, hard boiled, fertilized duck egg. That means once you open it up, you’ll see a duck fetus. You may recognize the head and the beak and sometimes you’ll find feathers. However, you can completely avoid that distasteful sight by cracking a small hole on the top of the egg, then bottoms up! Drink the fluid first. Next, enlarge the hole. If you see the embryo then – we lied. But you may rationalize to yourself that you’ve already gone this far, so…sprinkle it with rock salt or vinegar spiced with onions and chili. Then enlarge the shell opening enough for you to bite into it. After you’ve finished your balut, wash your hands because otherwise you’ll have a fishy smell. Sometimes, Filipinos eat balut with beer. In which case, the fishy smell won’t matter. FYI, balut is being served in a restaurant in New York. If you want to read a review about it, go here.

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