I don't think it can be denied that I am a HUGE fan of Survivor. Well, in both the China and Palau seasons, they had to eat balut as an immunity challenge. Last season, Denise (aka waste of space--a complete bore), threw a fit while eating it and couldn't get it down, ruining quite an ingenius plan by the rest of her tribe.
/end dorkiness immediately/
So needless to say, I had to see if it was really that awful.
Balut is a partially developed duck egg that is considered a delicacy here in the Philippines. There are bones, feathers, and even a beak depending how far along it has developed. The black part in the pictures below are feathers...
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Well...I ate two of them! Ha ha, it really doesn't taste that bad. The feathers are a little weird, and I wasn't a huge fan of the cruchiness at times... but for the most part it just tasted sort of like a mix of poultry and egg. I wouldn't make a meal of it, but occasionally its good. :o) There's quite a bit of juice that comes out too, which is sort of nasty...but you're actually just supposed to slurp it out of the egg. HAHA. It sounds so gross, but it's all psychological. If you think about what you're eating, it's awful. But hey, it's just a duck right? ;oD