truthdweller balut

by Gary Mc
(New Jersey)

Married in 2002 in Iloilo & visited in 2007...had balut and enjoyed it...if you like chicken soup, then you should have no problem.

Don't dwell on what it looks like, just do it!

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Jun 12, 2015
by: truthdweller

"The thing to be MOST concerned about is where the water used for cooking comes from."

Boiling water for at least a minute (CDC), and or treating with iodine tabs, prior to drinking is ALWAYS advisable when traveling in third world countries. Balut has to be boiled for ten minutes or more before it is served so, I'd deem it safe. Also, it's recommended, if you are going to buy unwrapped foods, ie; street food, that you buy those items that are already well cooked or need to be unwrapped or peeled. This way, whatever untoward microorganisms are transferred to the package/food from the sellers hands are removed by you, and not by the seller. Balut is a good example of this practice being applied. Handwashing cannot be overemphasized in these settings. I always carry baby wipes in my pockets wherever I go. "Montezuma's Revenge" is no fun!

Dec 29, 2014
It's not just about what's in the food...
by: Anonymous

The thing to be MOST concerned about is where the water used for cooking comes from.

Always ask. If bottled water is used, fine. If not go elsewhere, or beware!

I was in Cebu not long ago, and at least in the major cities, the water is safe.

But I would NEVER eat anything that:
1 - Does not LOOK appealing
2 - Has an unappealing texture

Happy appetite!

Dec 29, 2014
by: Ctrylwyr

As a Cano who has tried balut, I agree it tastes a lot like chicken soup. The rub is what it looks like and the texture of what I'm eating. The bill, feathers and feet crunching don't do much to stimulate my appetite.

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