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Is it a duck? Is it an egg?

By Pauline D Loh | China Daily | Updated: 2019-05-18 16:38
It demands a certain honesty to be able to eat fertilized chicken or duck eggs. Duck eggs are preferred since they are larger, and the meat and broth are tastier. [Photo by Xu Congjun/Wen Qixin/Wang Haibin for China Daily]

What does it taste like?

You need an impartial eye to truly appreciate this natural wonder. The little bit of liqueur in the egg is like very pure chicken or duck broth, especially after a few grains of salt had been added.

Next, the yolk. It would have lost some of its powdery texture, and is firmer and more chewy, but no less enjoyable. Then comes the interesting part. The baby bird.

The bones are soft enough to be eaten, but the more squeamish eager to examine the embryo more carefully may want to remove the head, web and beak.

However, I've seen grown men pop the whole balut into their mouths and chew a few times, swallow and reach for the next one.

Food come in all possibilities and it is well for us to recognize our resources, and appreciate our food - no matter what form it comes in.

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