Monday, February 7, 2011

Man vs. Food: Balut

On this episode of Man vs. Food, we journey to one of the farthest corners of the globe, the Philippines. In this far-off destination we are ready to push the boundaries farther than ever before. The food is called Balut. According to Wikipedia:
"A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines...In the Philippines, balut eaters prefer salt and/or a chili and vinegar mixture to season their egg. The eggs are savored for their balance of textures and flavors; the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled, and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg may be consumed, although the white may remain uneaten: Depending on the age of the fertilized egg, the white may have an unappetizing cartilaginous toughness."

The mental part is the toughest, but the taste really isn't that bad.

1 comment:

  1. There are no words. I bow down to your determination Ben, there is NO way I would eat that. Ever.



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