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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Balut! Balut!

as some of you knw, my family hosted two participating youths (PYs) of the Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2008, Lilian from Singapore and Kaew from Thailand.

for them to be able to experience the philippine culture, we let them taste filipino food such as adobo, sinigang, chicken inasal, isaw, tenga ng baboy (pig's ear), mangoes, dried mangoes, etc etc. and of course balut!

on the first night, a mangbabalut (balut vendor) passed by our house. our maid got excited and called me to buy some for our guests. so we bought three.

then when the balut are in the table already, no one dared to try it. the guests won't try unless we do. and as a good host, i did.


it tasted like hard boiled egg, only the white is much tougher to chew. will i try it again? can i not? i just hope net time we have our foreign guests eric would still be awake so he'll be the one to show the visitors.

23 comments:

TK said...

my brother tried to swallow the whole balut because he couldn't stand the slimy feeling when he chews it. Unfortunately, the hard part got lodged in his esophagus at the level of the thoracic inlet. We had to refer him to an ENT specialist who used a rigid bronchoscope (usually used in the trachea)to cut the balut's "stone" into pieces before he could pick them up with his instruments.

it was the most expensive balut that I have ever seen.

Sidney said...

Hmmm... you don't seem to enjoy it... and I have to confess I don't have the guts to eat balut....

backpacking philippines said...

what a way to introduce pinoy food hehe

lazarus said...

i could not remember how a balut tasted. i haven't tried one in more than a decade.

Margaritajelly said...

Naks, what a good host.
Galing naman ng parents mo to volunteed to host the 2 PYs. Idol.

bw said...

Non-Pinoys in my office were egging me to bring some balut at our department's Xmas party but I refused because I didn't want to "spoil" their appetite hehehe :)

So much for their silly curiosity. I know that NONE of them would have the guts to try it unless they're FEAR FACTOR contestant caliber :)

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

Ooohh that looks gross. I've seen my grandmother eat that and I was really grossed out!

emcee said...

grabe! you are a very selfless host. :)

Dennis Villegas said...

I love Balut, especially at night...gives power hehehe

Rey said...

I'm salivating. I like balut. That's why when I went home one of the things I never dared miss eating was the balut. I bought a whole basket and shared it with family and friends.I can down 6 eggs on a good day with a nice bottle of brandy shared by friends.

kyels said...

When I was at Pinas, I wanted to try the balut pero I didn't have the guts to do so ... Doubt I'm a fear factor person. Haha.

Lalaine said...

it's been years since i last ate balut. hehehe

JC said...

Baluuuuut!!!!

Abaniko said...

Did you try the real balut? You should be able to taste some soft feathers and bones. I love balut. I can eat 5 in one sitting! Sarap! :)

Pepper said...
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Pepper said...

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Richard said...

So this was your first time eating balut?

Ok, I have not eaten it yet. Not sure if I would be able to or not.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Eating balut really is an extraordinary experience for all foreigners not accustomed to eating it. Some of our native foods like dinuguan, balut, burong isda, burong talangka, tuyo and others will sometimes turn the stomachs of foreigners to throw up. We must be very careful in offering these to them as they might try it for good manners sake only to throw up later. We would not want to eat bear's paws, monkey brains, or other tropical food if offered to us would we? Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Wil said...

You don't look like you're enjoying that balut at all. hehe

kneekO said...

hmmmm yummy... :p

manilenya said...

you mean first time mong kumain ng balut? oh my god.. pinoy ka ba? lol! pero actually alam mo sabi ng survivor sa China daw galing ang balut? lol! dunno but they used that sa isa sa game nila sa China.

Sabi ko sa amo ko pag uwi ko magdadala ako ng balut pakain ko sa kanila e :)

RennyBA said...

Am I Too Old or can an exception be made since I'm from Norway :-)

Happy Holiday Season!

witsandnuts said...

Wow, I'm mouthwatered! Hindi pala ko nakatikim nyan nung nagbakasyon ako dyan last month. Just dropping by. =)