Poop. Okay?! It’s poop. I thought a lot about it, and that’s where I draw the line. I won’t eat poop. Non food items should go without saying, and I’m not eating anything that’s going to cause me physical harm. However, after cracking this raw balut egg, I began to question that as well.
In all honesty, I’m not interested in anything that doesn’t at least have a chance of tasting good. I’m not doing this for shock value (though at times it’s a bonus), I’m just genuinely curious about foods that are so popular in other cultures. Now this isn’t the correct, or traditional way to eat Balut, but how bad can a fried egg and a fried duckling be? That’s right, it can’t.
But it sure can look it. This was the first time in awhile I was given pause in my approach. I wasn’t grossed out so to speak, it was more of a safety issue. Okay there’s another one – I’m not doing raw balut…nobody is.
So once homeboy started to fry, everything began smelling pretty good. Again, it’s really just a fried duck egg, and not-quite-duck. As I mentioned with the traditional preparation, you don’t have to worry about any off textures from feathers or bones – nothing should be that far developed, and any resistance is very slight. In the case that you do get really developed bones – someone let your egg develop a few days past it’s prime. Trust me, I’ve eaten these twice now.
This definitely isn’t a surprise breakfast-in-bed type item. A delicious balomelet is not the way most would choose to start their day. Still, if you’re into trying new foods, and can stomach the site, I can’t think of a much tastier way.
…except maybe deviled duck egg with duck embryo confit. Keep on the look out for that one.