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Fetal duck eggs: delicacy for some, disgusting for others

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 - 01:31

Aug. 27 - New Yorkers take a crack at a balut, or fetal duck egg-eating competition in Brooklyn. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Balut is a fertilized duck egg that's about a dozen days from hatching and it's just another item on the menu in the Philippines. But Miguel Trinidad is promoting it at his restaurant in New York. (SOUNDBITE) Miguel Trinidad, executive chef, Maharlika, saying (English): "Once you crack it open, there is basically a soup in it and you crack it open, you drink that soup and then you eat the yolk and inside you see a baby duckling. Sometimes you might get lucky and you might find one that has a few feathers, a little bit of a beak on it." If you're lucky? (SOUNDBITE) Miguel Trinidad, executive chef, Maharlika, saying (English): "It's a great source of protein. It's considered an aphrodisiac. It's supposed to give people power." If you say so, but let's see if the locals can stomach it. At Trinidad's restaurant in Brooklyn, competitors lined up for the very first balut-eating contest. The rules? Eat as many as you can in five minutes. And the verdict is in... (SOUNDBITE) Jill, competitor, saying (English): "You can feel the feathers and then like feel a little bit of the bone. It's a little bit crunchy." (SOUNDBITE) Eric, competitor, saying (English): "Honestly, it's like a hard boiled egg with feathers. So... I don't even want to look at that." The title went to Wayne the "Wayney Wonder" for downing a total of 18 eggs.

Fetal duck eggs: delicacy for some, disgusting for others

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 - 01:31

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