Monday, March 11, 2013

Balut: The Feared Philippine Street Delicacy


To be described simply as eating a duck embryo is enough to make foreign visitors stomach churn. But not to Filipinos who make this hot treat a nightly street favorite. A few weeks ago, I have come face to face with balut which has been years (decade probably) since I tried it. I remember my 7 year old self, devouring this odd looking egg when I was a kid, I can consume one or two i one sitting and eat everything (yes everything!) I think as a 90s kid, without too much influence from tv, eating a balut on a Saturday night isn't a brave thing to do, because it was pretty a normal practice. Funny thing is, now in my late 20s, I'm not sure why I can no longer eat all of it's content, I might have unconsciously been affected with too much things I read online or watched on tv.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate balut. As odd as I think it is now, I still don't think I would ever walk away from this Pinoy streetfood. All I'm saying is, media (hello Fear Factor!) has its way of tricking my mind at least. 

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