WTF Is A Balut?

How weird can a food be, you ask?

Balut is way up there in the ionosphere of weird, far past gonzo.

Balut is fear itself. Though a snack much beloved by some in the Philippines, balut to others is a torture of an item, a bizarrely-conceived if not abjectly demonic dish.

What is it? Balut is an eleven day or more old fertilized duck egg, containing the partially formed embryo of a duck, surrounded by egg. Imagine a tiny, half-formed head, a bit of a beak, formative guts and bones and the odd feather, all surrounded by egg and you’ve got balut.

It’s not a pretty sight.

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