May 24, 2005
I Will Eat Your Unborn Child!
As you know, food plays an important role in any culture you may encounter. Since I am on a "cultural exploration of SE Asia (sorry, India, next time...)," I have made it a point to sample indigenous dishes wherever I have visited. From ant and bee larvae soup in Northern Thailand and "happy food" all over Laos, to cockroaches and fried frogs in Cambodia and dog in the Philippines, I have shied away from nothing. However, there was one item I had been intentionally been putting off until the right moment, while I underwent some mental preparation.
Balut is the fertilized egg of a duck or chicken which has been allowed to develop up to 18 days. My ma used to tell me stories of regularly devouring balut with her friends after picture shows when she was young. I thought it sounded revolting.
Here in Daet, on Bagasbas Beach where I stood atop my first wave, I had another first. Ah, balut, you aren't so bad after all!
Step 1. Balut is pure protein--what a great post-workout snack! Select an egg and give the local kid 10 pesos and a pat on the head. Have a really dopey look on your face.
Step 2. Carefully peel away some of the shell and suck the weak broth within. Be careful not to spill as you could ruin your boardshorts.
Step 3. Once the broth reserve has been exhausted and the embryo is basically high and dry, peel away more of the shell. Season your prey with salt and vinegar.
Step 4. Waste not, want not. Eat up! Spit out the small bones you will inevitably encounter along the way.
Step 5. Chew thoroughly. You want to make digestion as smooth as possible for your system. And lick you fingers clean! Cleanliness is next to Godliness, after all.
Step 6. Give the nod of approval. It tastes a helluva a lot better than it looks, haha!
"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable."
Posted by Gary
on May 24, 2005 11:35 PM
Category: Philippine Islands
Wow Gary! Your finally ready for Fear Factor! But can you bit your toe nails?
i can't believe you did it man. . . . that is seriously bad ass. i don't know if i could have done it, but you definately get props!
Dude, I don't know what to say. When you mentioned that stuff earler, I thought you were gonna skip the balut. What was it like? was it warm or cold? what was the dog like also? what kind of dog.
"Dude, I'm gonna order pug!"
Reading your blog puts me in such a better mood.
Think World Peace
did you eat that feet first, or head first?
Oh yah again,
It just came on so I gotta mention this. Paris Hilton stars in this new Carl Jr's commercial. It is with out a doubt, hands down, the best commercial ever. It is her "washing" this vehicle ( I don't know what kind of vehicle, lol) with a hose, and she takes a bite out of a Six Doller Burger. It was only on 2 days before the right-wingers started trying to get it labeled porn. I have it taped ( was tapeing The OC for Kathryn), so make sure I show you that shit when you get home. It is actually, close to being the best thing on TV EVER.
Hey friends, glad you enjoyed reading about my mid-afternoon snack. To answer your questions...shit, I can bite my toenails; I can even put my foot behind my head, so as long as there is no fungi dwelling there consider it done. The balut was very warm, and there were some bones and small feathers, and also a really hard oblong object (the beginnings of a skull?) that you aren't supposed to eat. Dog was a lot like beef, except with more gristle. So, I have no desire to eat it again since I could order beef for cheaper and get more bang for my buck. Curtis, I can almost remember the pug comment from years (?) ago, but you'll have to remind me exactly when and where and by who it was said. The dog was an indigenous species bred specifically for human consumption.
I'm longing to see that Paris Hilton commerical now...fuck the right-wing Nazis that have taken over our country!
"Do you think they have pug? I'm gonna order pug."
That was Mike Agee, (of Chester Copperpot) when him and his girlfriend drove us to see L7. I think it was L7. Dosn't matter cause the show was canceled, and we went to chineese food. Mike said it on our way in.
We got Gen. Tso's Chicken. I love Gen. Tso's chicken.
LOL, My cat JUST screamed cause she is getting it from my other cat. She's in heat. lol.
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