One of the exotic food featured in “Survivor” was the Philippine’s “balut” or “balot“. It is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside.
It may seem one of the most exotic (read: gross) food there is for foreigners but for my children, it is a normal “delicacy” when we go home. It is one of the family’s favorite, especially on my husband’s side of the family. I still remember passing by Bulacan each time we went home to Cabanatuan before we started using the convenience offered by the North Luzon Expressway (NLex) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex). We never failed to stop and enjoy this “treat”. We would eat as many as we can and tease who has gotten renewed energy. It is also known to be an aphrodisiac (wink). Dip it in vinegar and salt and… YUM!
“Balut” is available everywhere in the Philippines. Go call that “Balut” vendor the next time you see or hear one. You’ll never miss the “baluuuuuuuut” call especially when dusk begins to fall.
And then, let’s exchange stories over “balut” and a bottle of San Miguel beer, maybe?