Either through some kind of national willful delusion or some uncannily clever marketing, balut took off in the Philippines as well as several other Southeast Asian countries, where it’s known by various names.
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Whatever you call it though, the taste doesn’t change, as our pitiable reporter found out when he – despite the measly pay we give him – actually agreed to try one of the damn things.
His impressions? “It tastes like feathers, bones, heart, brain, claws and duck meat,” he reports, noting, in addition to that completely obvious wisdom, that while it didn’t taste necessarily bad, the idea that he was eating a whole duck fetus made him almost throw up in his mouth a little.
Then his Philippine host ever so graciously offered him her unwanted balut, because if you’re crazy enough to eat one, you’re surely crazy enough to eat two.