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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Despite being an object of culinary fascination around the world, balut -- a popular Filipino food -- is no beauty queen. The 18-day-old fertilized duck egg has revolted even the most daring foodies with its carnal textures, earning it lofty rankings on many a "most disgusting/strange/terrifying food" list. Some schools in the Philippines introduce balut to young students during science classes. Students use balut to study the anatomy of birds, then eat the compressed bird beak, veins and developing wings within. "Our teacher made us eat the egg so it wouldn't go to waste," said Manila resident Anna Vecin.

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Ate some in Subic Bay. Girls would come in the bars selling them.

#1 | Posted by patron at 2014-02-08 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

No.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-08 03:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ah Beautiful Olongopo.

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#3 | Posted by patron at 2014-02-08 03:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

I probably have to be starving to death before I would even consider it. They say though that if you get hungry enough you'll eat anything.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-02-08 03:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

[...] no.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2014-02-08 03:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nothing like eating an abortion.

Mmm mmmm mmmmm!

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-02-08 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

FTA: In an apparent attempt to preserve the delicacy's popularity among the country's rapidly modernizing and discriminating palates, some schools in the Philippines introduce balut to young students during science classes.Students use balut to study the anatomy of birds, then eat the compressed bird beak, veins and developing wings within.[...]
"And if we didn't eat it, we'd get a low score on that day's lesson. Of course, I had no choice but to eat it." The experience can leave some with a lifelong aversion to the so-called national delicacy.

I'm all for trying new stuff, but this seems a little overboard.

#7 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-08 04:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

To hell with it.

#8 | Posted by Rigel at 2014-02-08 04:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

I've raised about 50 ducks from egges I incubated myself (mostly mallards). So yea I've enjoyed 100s of duck eggs, most of them fertilized. Same with chicken eggs.

With ducks the hardest part was keeping them through winter. It required poking a hole in the ice to the pond every day (they'd die if they didn't have water).

#9 | Posted by reitze at 2014-02-08 04:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

I've seen my Filipino wife eat these things. It's considered a delicacy. They sell them in the streets of Manila like Hot Dogs.

#10 | Posted by shane at 2014-02-08 09:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

There not so great if they've developed any (if you see anything bigger than a pea when cracking them open into a frying pan).

But if just laid, they're great!

#11 | Posted by reitze at 2014-02-08 10:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

No.

#2 | Posted by Tor

Permission to treat as a hostile witness, your honor?
Granted.
So you WOULD eat an unfertilized duck egg, Tor? Answer the question!

#12 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-09 12:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

If I just didn't look at it. At all. Ever.

#13 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-02-09 02:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Eat a *fertilized egg? I hoap this isn't another ghey thread..

#14 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2014-02-09 07:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

Saw them when stationed at Clark AB but never even considered trying them.

#15 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-02-09 04:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ah, Chief's initiation. Balut and Durian. Good times.

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-02-09 05:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Only to prove my manhood. Otherwise, no.

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-02-10 02:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

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