Eating Balut, Philippines

Eating Balut (Boiled Duck Foetus), Philippines (VIDEO)

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TOMMO EATS SOMETHING TERRIBLE. Boiled egg with a difference? This is it. At 18 days into incubation, fertilised duck eggs are robbed from their mothers and boiled up to serve hungry Filipinos.

This is one of the holy grails of strange food. The thing that amazed me most was that these are not a rare, impossible to find delicacy. In the Philippines you can find balut on every street corner. Hawkers countrywide have a seemingly endless supply of these pre-birth snacks. As soon as the sun sets it’s time to head out and get your fill of foetus…

So that’s what we did, and this time I even convinced Megsy to take a crack… Watch the video to see the grossness unfold, then read on below to find out our verdict on Balut.

The Verdict

When it comes to strange food, Balut might be one of the most famous. Not only does it look really gross when you open up the egg but most westerners gawk at the idea of eating an unborn baby!

If you are a lover of boiled eggs, then don’t despair. Beyond the psychology of it all, balut does not taste that dissimilar from a regular egg, with a few feathers and crunchy bones/beak thrown in.

I’m not a big fan of boiled eggs – yes, I’ll eat insects and various unknown pig organs happily, but give me a boiled egg and I’ll pass it off to someone else! – so, I’m not going to be eating balut again.

As for the ethics… If you eat meat, what is the difference between murdering a chicken or boiling up an unconscious, undeveloped foetus?