Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Culinary Adventure

If you are squeamish, even a little, skip this post. Especially if you like ducks. Have a look at the pretty flowers here instead. You've been warned.

This happened at a New Year's party.

"Hey, I'm not so keen on the ragout they're serving here. Think I could maybe just get one of the hard-boiled eggs they've got in this pot?"

"Mmm, hmm. I'm sure it'd be fine (snicker)."

Tap. Tap. Crack.

"Ummm. What the hell is wrong with this egg?!"

All I can hear at this point is boisterous laughter and something along the lines of, "You took it. You eat it. Sucker." I think it was also (slightly crudely) suggested that one's masculinity would be lessened if he didn't rise to the challenge. It was actually a hilarious exchange between long-time friends.

The unsuspecting soul was such a trooper and made it through the contents of the egg without even gagging. He also exacted revenge on the person that laughed at him by making him eat an egg too. He also ate it without any problems. I don't think either want to do it again though.

Have you guessed what the delicacy is yet?

Balut. What is balut? It's an egg with a fully-formed duck embryo inside that is boiled then eaten whole. A revolting sight but apparently tasty enough to make it popular with Southeast Asians. I grew up with balut around and it doesn't bother me to see other people eat it but I just can't bring myself to eat it (though I'll fight you for a fish's eyeballs)! Bon app├ętit


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