Every country has its own offerings of exotic delicacies but perhaps nothing is as strange as this one. It’s called the ‘balut’ and it’s a popular street food in the Philippines.
Basically, balut is a fertilized duck egg with a premature embryo on the inside. The name literally means “wrapped” and it is often recommended by locals to those visiting the country for the first time. Foreigners, on the other hand, have mixed reactions about it with some saying its “really tasty” while others are simply dismissing it as “plain gross.”
The high-protein food is usually sold on the streets at night and it is also believed to be an aphrodisiac.
Balut is typically sprinkled with salt and then vinegar is added as well.
Meanwhile, a Street Directory article tells us that balut “has been one of the most controversial exotic foods around” and is sometimes used “as a means of dare” to television contestants such as on reality show Survivor.
We further learn:
“One place in the Philippines that is famous for “Balut” is Pateros. The smallest town in Metro Manila, Pateros has been famous for being the Balut capital of the country. Most people say that the Balut in Pateros is the most delicious ones ever in the whole world. Locals of this town has lived on and passed techniques on how to make the best from generations to generations.”
Watch this BuzzFeed video where Americans try balut for the first time:
See that? Although they had mixed reactions, it is worth-noting that some first timers actually liked it.
Also, here’s another video by South China Morning Post:
Have you ever tasted balut? If not, are you willing to give it a try just like the folks in the videos above? Tell us about it by hitting the comment section!
Here’s Why People Are Adding Butter To Their Coffee
Would you give this a go?
There’s a new trend going around that may forever change the way you drink coffee. Instead of the usual cream and sugar, many people are now adding butter to their cup of joe, and they say it’s just about the greatest thing ever.
Butter and coffee — what’s all the hype about? You might think blending butter with your coffee falls somewhere between completely bizarre and totally intriguing. But developing a cult following like this, there has to be some merit behind it, right?
16 Unusual Foods That Confuse Everyone Who Isn’t From the Midwest Right Off
I find #3 confusing but hey, #14 looks so tasty, it’s sinful!
Naming is an unusual process. Let’s face it — be it food or person, names are extremely important to us. Very often, the first piece of information we have about anything or anyone is the name. If you’re at a noisy party with hundreds of people around and someone calls your name, it’ll rise up above the din and you’ll hear it. That’s because it catches attention in a way that a lot of other stimuli don’t.
Now this has some interesting implications. One that we are too ingrained to shake - we tend to like what we are like. Since foodies are an unusual breed, naturally, the weirdness is passed on to the foods they love best. People from the Midwest are no different. With the unusual geography and their strange catchphrases, the Midwestern's food are expected to be just as confusing. It sort of comes with the territory, it seems.
24 Cakes That Are So Realistic It’s Hard To Believe You Can Eat Them
#4 is jaw-dropping!
Cakes are perfect for celebrations, gifts, or if you’re just craving for a dessert. While most cakes are just shaped round or square, some people have taken things to a whole new level and turned them into a masterpiece.
In fact, these very creative cakes are so popular right now that you will see them at weddings, birthdays, events, and more. However, some are just so realistic that it’s hard to believe that you can actually eat them. Here are 24 cakes that look so amazingly real.
1. Mother and baby elephant just casually walking around.