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  • Has anyone ever tried balut?

    Just out of curiosity, has anyone every eaten balut? People usually get really grossed out when I tell them about it, but I figure people on MDA would be more open to it or even have eaten it themselves. For those who don't know, balut is basically just a fertilized duck egg that has been incubated for about 14-17 days. A balut contains the yolk and also a baby duckling. Balut can also be from chicken eggs, but usually it is duck.

    I do not know the nutritional value of balut, but I am assuming that it has to be Primal because it is sold in its original egg and all you have to do to cook it is hard boil the egg for about 20-30 minutes. I know that it is really popular in some Asian countries. To me it tastes exactly like a hard boiled egg. It looks nasty, but tastes so good to me.

    Has anyone ever tried it?

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    Ugh.... Barf?
    "All of God's creatures have a natural habitat... my dinner plate." -Me

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    • #3
      Haha that is usually the reaction I get when I tell people about it

      Anyone else? I know there has to be someone on this forum that loves to try new things like I do!

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      • #4
        Yup, twice once the states and once in PI. I always try anything once....or twice lol.
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        • #5
          Next you need to try durian and dinuguan, more gastronomic adventures.
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          • #6
            Next you need to try durian and dinuguan, more gastronomic adventures.
            I want to try durian, but I've only seen it sold in the entire fruit! Which means if I don't like it, I have to throw away that huge fruit!! Is it any good, or does it actually taste good??

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            • #7
              It tastes "ok" but the smell is atrocious. It's a weird soft melon, and don't cut it open around anyone, like 200m away.
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              • #8
                I'd rather turn into a zombie and hunt for brains than ever try balut. I'm open to most gastro experiences, but balut is on my NEVER! list
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                • #9
                  Re: balut: Haven't yet partaken. It ranks mighty high on the creepiness scale, but I eat eggs, I eat duck/chicken, ergo...

                  Re: durian: We do a big family Christmas dinner every year. One of the many traditions surrounding this dinner: a wacky or "challenging" item on the menu. A few years back, the theme of the dinner was "A ride around the world with Santa." The wacky/"challenging" item was durian ice cream. Mind you, I was working with frozen durian to make the ice cream. Still, the smell lingered in the pantry for a LONG time. Durian has a wonderful rich, creamy taste. The notorious smell is like... what? A cross between that chemical they add to natural gas and rotting produce?

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                  • #10
                    Is the embryo crunchy? Cartilaginous? If it had no texture, I might try it.
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                    • #11
                      Oh it has texture, play a little game called find the beak.
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                      • #12
                        Aww okay okay I can see how balut would be weird to probably most people in the western world!! it really isn't weird though I personally do not think it is much weirder than eating innards(which is highly recommended and something I probably should do more of!) To those who are brave enough to eat it: I highly recommend trying it, if you can find it! I found mine at an Asian grocery store.

                        sbhikes: I do not think that it has a crunchy texture and I have never run across any crunchy texture. If you wanted to, you could literally take the yolk and the fetus apart once you boil the egg and crack it. But the Asians say to just eat it whole(I'm not Asian myself but I read this online)

                        I was hoping more people on this forum would be interested in trying something totally new and weird! If you decide to try it, I recommend it

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                        • #13
                          What Wanderlust says is true about the beak. I guess that would be the only texture I have ever discovered. Not enough to make a difference in it for me though. I don't mind a beak or two, it reminds me it's natural and unprocessed!

                          However... On a side note, I will admit that one thing that is 100% primal that I absolutely can't stand is grass fed beef liver. I love chicken liver, duck liver, and I've even tried quail liver which I love. But beef liver... I can't stomach it. Maybe I didn't cook it correctly?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                            Oh it has texture, play a little game called find the beak.
                            Yep, that just put it on my 'never' list, too. You are braver than me, and I've eaten some HORRIBLE shit.

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                            • #15
                              Yep, that just put it on my 'never' list, too. You are braver than me, and I've eaten some HORRIBLE shit.
                              Haha! It's good to try new things though! Maybe I'm just a strange person who likes eating abnormal things. I've actually been told that before!

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