Video: Eating a live duck embryo just before it hatches

VIDEO: This is Cambodian balut, a lightly boiled duck egg, consumed just before the duckling hatches. The embryo’s closed eyes, beak, claws, wing feathers and veins were clearly developed, and it appeared to be feebly struggling as it was being scooped up with a spoon, to be chewed and swallowed. It smelled like a well done, hard boiled chicken egg, with the ocassional sweet wafts of putrefying flesh. I try to not be judgemental of other cultures, especially where starvation might only ever be one day away, but this experience was not a culinary highlight of touring the Mekong River…

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