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Eating balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines.

And then i went to Manila, got drunk, and ate balut…

Eating balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines.

Balut is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It’s a popular street food in Manila and The Philippines. And it’s…well…kind of disgusting.

My friend Jackie, who I was staying with in Manila, decided I just had to try eating balut while I was there. So, one night, when we were out, and already a little drunk, we stopped at a roadside stand, bought some, and took them to a nearby restaurant so I could grab a Coke to wash it down with.

The balut in Manila cost 14 Philippine Pesos, or about 30 cents, which is probably about 14 pesos (or 30 cents) too much.

I mean, it was an experience eating balut duck embryo. One I’m glad I had but one I never, ever, have to repeat.


Jackie showed me how to eat balut, starting with drinking the liquid from the shell. The liquid that tasted like hot raw egg juice. We then cracked the egg open revealing contents that combined a veiny hardboiled egg with a bird fetus. I choked down the egg, reluctantly, but it was hard to get down. But the little chick? That was too much. I took a little nibble, but left the rest.

And then chugged a can Coke.

Eating Balut in Manila, Philippines:

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

Eating Balut - fertilized duck embryo - in Manila, Philippines

I also ate a tamilok worm in the Philippines because of course I had to eat all the gross things. And I ate some regular food in the Philippines too…because of course I had to eat all the good things too.

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8 Comments
  • Jessie
    September 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    That looks terrible! xD; Seriously, your face says it all as you are trying to convince yourself it’s a good idea! Good for you though, I don’t think I could have done it!

    Found your blog through Meet Plan Go basic training. Love your layout and your blog looks very interesting. Think I’ll bookmark :]

  • Zara @ Backpack ME
    September 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    YUCK! YUCK! And YUCK!
    Every time I read about “weird food of world” (and I find myself googling that more often than my stomach would like…) I always come across Balut. Out of all the weird things I have seen, this is one of those that I don’t really think I could put in my mounth!.. You are brave!! But.. YUCK! 😉

  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Haha you’re so cute! I’m really glad whenever I see updates from you related to your trip here in the Philippines. The ‘soup’ in the Balut is tasty though haha. I rarely eat the chick part especially if it is hairy T_T

  • Alexa Hart
    September 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Ahhhh! Congrats on having the guts to try it! I was too chicken when I was in the Philippines.

  • Kyle Goes Global
    September 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Saw your video on the Meet, Plan, Go news letter – can’t wait for the Chicago event next month! – And stumbled upon your blog. What a first post to stumble upon! I’d try eating almost anything, but WOW, Balut – that one looks like a challenge!!

    Looking forward to reading more about your escapades!!

  • Jen
    September 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    See that grossed me out just to look at it. I’ll never be an adventurous foodie.

  • Katrina Mauro
    September 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Seriously, how bad was it?!?

  • Adriana Cruz
    February 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    ahahahha i love balut . although it appears like ” EWWW” YUCK , But it tastes goos 😉 ..

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