Balut is an egg.\nActually it\u2019s a chicken.\nNo \u2013 it\u2019s both.\nA chicken inside the egg.\nA chicken that isn\u2019t yet ready to hatch. An egg that has matured beyond the egg stage and the chick has begun to take form.\n\nIn the Philipines this is a delicacy. The balut vendor comes selling at your door step just around dawn \u2013 shuting \u2018Balut, Balut\u2019 as he walks through the streets.\nA fertilised egg takes 45 days to hatch. Balut is ready to be eaten from the 7th day onwards and is usually eaten well before hatching to avoid developed fathers. But some grandfathers enjoy eating it at even in its last stage before it hatches. Served with salt and vinegar, as a beer or wine accompaniment it is said to be good for strengthening our leg joints.\nI grew up as a vegetarian and can now eat most meats. But Balut is and will remain beyond the adventures that my palate can bear. My mental blocks are ingrained too deeply. Just as I can\u2019t eat raw red meats in Sashimi or fried insects or even squid that my kids love, I will not be able to put this into my mouth.\nBut people love this. And I am fascinated by the idea \u2013 so I recorded the event when my fantastic household manager shelled one to eat it for a snack!\nA video:\n\nApril 2012\nThe post Eating Balut appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.