It tastes like chicken.

March 5, 2011 tooboots
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 I ran into a list of the top ten grossest foods available in the world, as compiled by, and was tickled (or should I be offended) that #8 and #9 are found in the Philippines. My fellow Filipinos probably already know which foods I’m referencing, but let me get my non-Flip friends up to speed on these two delicacies….



#8 BALUT. A street food, balut can be purchased in the Philippines from vendors singing out “balut!” “balut!” while carrying woven baskets filled with these duck eggs. There are no such vendors found in the United States, so I’m not even sure where to buy balut. But every so often, usually during a party, my Uncle Deo will bring some in a heavy brown paper bag, along with a bottle of Chivas.

These boiled, fertilized eggs seem harmless enough…until you crack one open. Inside, nestled in its eggshell, is an embryonic chick. With eyes. And a beak. And if you’re (un)lucky, feathers. Some prefer to season their balut with salt or a chili vinegar. There is also an established method to consuming a balut. First you slurp the embryonic juices—the louder the better. Then you eat the chick, chewing and cracking bones the whole way.  Afterwards you throw the shells into a pile, as your friends cheer you on.

Why would anyone eat this? Because it’s delicious, or so I’m told. Many Filipino men swear eating balut improves their vim and vigor; a kind of Viagra protein. My kids and I do not eat balut. We like our eggs unfertilized, refrigerated, and arranged in neat cardboard cartons from the local supermarket. My husband, on the other hand, loves balut. Does he see a change in his virility? He’s never been able to test this theory since I don’t let him come near me at the first sound of embryonic juice slurp. I also make him brush his teeth, floss, and gargle with mouthwash. Not the flavored kind, either—we’re talking industrial strength blue Listerine.

Balut = ducky abortion. It’s just gross.


I’ll tell you about #9 in tomorrow’s post. But here’s a hint: it comes in one way, and then out another. Can you guess what it is?


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. teen  |  March 5, 2011 at 2:07 am

    As a kid I didn’t think twice abt eating balut. I somehow just drank the juice and ate the yellow yolk then threw away the rest.I never thought to inspect it beforehand. I have not seen or eaten balut in 20 yrs. Now I m afraid to try it coz of what everyone says.

    Perhaps it is time to conduct a balut eating contest That could be interesting.

    In NY you can buy balut at the Filipino store. I may have to special order. “Manang, 200 baluts please”!!

  • 2. Pretty bootsie fan!  |  March 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    The picture really adds to the description! Ick.

  • 3. orlandparkmom  |  March 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This non-flip just threw up a little. I remember when Andrew Zimmerman ate one on is show and I needed therapy after watching that.

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