#1 Edited by horseman6 (439 posts) -

So I just tried Balut for the first time. I go out of my way to try weird foods, but wow, the texture is just horrendous. It tastes like a hard boiled egg that's gone slightly bad and there was a slight funky crunch in the middle. Probably a first and last attempt for me.

#2 Posted by Xolare (1284 posts) -

What the hell is wrong with you.

#3 Posted by MikkaQ (10334 posts) -

You are a brave, brave person.

#4 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5289 posts) -

You put that in your mouth. Good on ya for at least trying it once. I don't think I could ever do it.

#5 Posted by falserelic (5480 posts) -

#6 Posted by RollingZeppelin (2077 posts) -

That's goddamn horrific!

#7 Edited by horseman6 (439 posts) -

That picture is a really old balut. The one I tried hadn't been fertilized long. It looked like a hard boiled egg with some brown and veins. And a couple partially formed bones in the middle.

#8 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

Oh dear god why

#9 Posted by Rick_Fingers (523 posts) -

I rarely say this, but gross

#10 Edited by Zeik (2662 posts) -

You know the saying "ignorance is bliss"?

No more bliss...

#11 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3082 posts) -


#12 Edited by andrew2696 (349 posts) -

Balut taste good to me. I've tried both duck and chicken varieties. I find the texture to be fine. The liquid in it helps with that.

Duck is better. Or was it chicken?

And that picture looks horrible to me. That's not what it usually looks like, though it's not much better.

#13 Posted by mlarrabee (3031 posts) -

Now comes your second test ... .

But, yeah, I can understand trying it once, but I can't support eating balut. I won't eat veal or foie gras either. I'm all for eating meat but only if the animal has had the opportunity to live a decent life.

#14 Edited by Quarters (1814 posts) -

Well, I guess if we don't hear from you for a while, we'll know why.

#15 Posted by TruthTellah (9426 posts) -



#16 Edited by dungbootle (2458 posts) -

Oh, I had that all the time as a kid (I am from a Southeast Asian family). Only ever ate the egg part, because, yeah, I'm with ya'll, wtf.

#17 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2195 posts) -

I'd love to try that, actually. I already eat eggs and chicken on a regular basis, why not eat that shit? I'm nearly a quarter of the way through my life(if I'm lucky), I might as well get weird with it.

#18 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4296 posts) -

A tequila-filled CapriSun should be required in these experiences of yours, from now on.

#19 Edited by andrew2696 (349 posts) -

I like how there are bunch of balut videos on YouTube and these are the only ones without horrible reactions.

#20 Posted by Andorski (5352 posts) -

Filipino here. Shit's gross, man.

#21 Edited by FlipperDesert (2105 posts) -

oh god why

#22 Posted by EVO (3932 posts) -

TIL. Fuck that.

#23 Posted by Dot (163 posts) -

#24 Posted by SpaceRunaway (871 posts) -

Good on you for being adventurous, I guess. I don't think I could handle balut.

I was having a conversation with some Vietnamese friends who were grossed out by the fact that I really like century egg, and I was like, "You eat fucking balut, how is that worse!?".

Even that picture is making me a little queasy.

#25 Posted by forteexe21 (455 posts) -

@andorski: Yep. Stopped eating when one day i got one with feathers and beak and i suddenly ate its eye... Never. Again.

#26 Posted by GnomeonFire (776 posts) -


#27 Posted by Sinusoidal (1740 posts) -

I've eaten live octopus and thought it was all right. I wouldn't touch that with my ten foot pole.

#28 Posted by Aegon (5769 posts) -

I've eaten live octopus and thought it was all right. I wouldn't touch that with my ten foot pole.

You actually own a ten foot pole?

#29 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -


#30 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

But it's full of protein.

#31 Posted by notdavid (841 posts) -

Nah, man. I can't even deal with this right now.

#32 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

OH MY GOD. I am so disgusted, I don't want to live anymore!

#33 Edited by TheHT (11680 posts) -


#34 Posted by rickyyo (152 posts) -

I'm not a fan of hardboiled eggs so this probably won't sell me on it. (Not to mention the fact that there is a embryonic bird in it) I am perfectly fine with duck and chicken eggs cooked in other ways.

#35 Posted by Xbox420 (125 posts) -

I don't think I could ever try these. Seems too unethical and gross

#36 Posted by horseman6 (439 posts) -
#37 Edited by horseman6 (439 posts) -

We'll, balut was one of the things on my list to try, I have a lot of food on that list.

#38 Edited by jimmyfenix (3859 posts) -
#39 Posted by beepmachine (618 posts) -

I'm pretty sure "delicacy" is always just a way of saying "nastiest shit we could think of."

The gifs in this thread are great..

#40 Posted by horseman6 (439 posts) -

@jimmyfenix: I've had durian, I actually like it. Durian flavored mochi is pretty good.

#41 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2566 posts) -

#42 Edited by GiantAdenoid (80 posts) -

In terms of food I'm the type of person who'll try anything once. I mean someone thinks this is a delicacy, who am I to judge? The thing about these types of dishes is that they weren't generally created by, say, "the emperor's head chef". They're mostly adaptations of the type of dishes that the lowest rungs of society made out of whatever's leftover after selling-off the good parts at market, or trying to make a meal out of whatever's leftover at the end of season.This type of dish cuts across cultures: pig's feet, cabeza, tripe, pretty much any dish involving intestines. Here we find what's really interesting about these dishes, at least to me. It's almost like a culinary time machine, the whole genius of this type of dish is the chef is able to show you something about how people from a certain culture lived. To me the most interesting thing about this type dish isn't the taste, but the history of the dish. More specifically, these ancient chefs are able to turn, basically, the "trash parts" of an animal or vegetable into a "delicacy" or at the very least something edible. Furthermore, many modern chefs utilize this type of ingredient to create their most striking dishes. I guess what I'm saying is: some people like rollercoasters, I like weird food. Finally, I'd just like to say, if you're interested in trying these kinds foods (i.e. "gross exotic foods"), seek out a place in your area that does it well. This isn't fresh ahi tuna or kobe filet mignon. While the provenance does make a difference, it's really about how it's prepared: cook a steak wrong, your customer might complain; cut a blowfish wrong, your customer might die. Anyway, keep trying new things and keep an open mind