Apparently in New York on Friday, there was a duck fetus eating competition. Yeah you read that right.
Dozens of adventurous eaters and an audience of hundreds gathered to celebrate "balut", which is the boiled duck fetus, AKA a little baby duck that's just days away from being born.
Miguel Trinidad, executive chef and partner at Maharlika, a Filipino restaurant in NYC, explained,
"It's about 11 to 14 days from hatching and it's a delicacy in the Philippines. 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, but you do see a little embryo and that's the part that you eat along with the yolk and the soup. And it's a great source of protein. It's considered an aphrodisiac. It's supposed to give people power."
The competition involved eating as many balut as possible within five minutes.
Jill, a competitor who consumed eight eggs, said, "You can feel the feathers and then like feel a little bit of the bone. It's a little bit crunchy. But honestly, I wasn't even thinking. I was just shoving it in my mouth."
That's what she said.
Anyway, the winner, Wayney Wonder, managed to get in 18 eggs in five minutes. "I had never tried it before this contest. This is the first time I've had it, but it tasted like an egg. I didn't think about the little animal I was eating."