Balut Ramen

I had a hard time getting enough nerve up to finally eat Balut, the visual of the duck in its undeveloped embryo stage bothered me. It still bothers me even after I've already tried it. To make it easier to get past the visual I chopped it up into smaller chunks and added them to a bowl of instant ramen. This made it easier to digest. After I ate that first balut it wasn't such a big deal, so I cracked open another one and ate it right out of the shell. It tastes pretty good except for the white hard part called the albumen that you're supposed to toss in the garbage can. It has the texture of rubber. 

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Balut, what's the Big Deal?

First of all balut, did not originate in the Philippines it was introduced by the Chinese around the 17th century. Historically balut is proof of trade between China and the Philippines. Many countries in Southeast Asia share this same delicacy. Vietnam has the same delicacy.

Why would anybody invent this food is beyond me. I can only think that maybe it was kept in this form to eat on long voyages for trade. Seems like a good way to preserve and store food to eat later.

I thought to myself why go to the trouble of incubating a duck egg for 14 to 21 days then boiling it, why go through all that trouble? I mean balut tastes okay but it's not all that. I don't think it's taste is worth the trouble to develop this delicacy, if you want to call it that. You can get the same taste results by just cracking the egg into a bowl of ramen and boiling it without having to wait 14 to 21 days to eat an almost developed duck embryo.

Is it a macho thing? If you believe eating balut will make you tough or that it works like some kind of aphrodisiac, then you have some serious insecurity issues and I suggest you see a shrink.

To eat a duck in its undeveloped stage is a waste. Why not let it hatch and grow to have a full duck life then roast it Peking style. You get more for the effort you put into it.

Just my thoughts on Balut.