Aside from Philippines culture and tradition , Filipino food is probably the most daring. Filipino food does not necessarily stick with just oriental influence or Spanish influence in food. It is different in a way that it is a combination of different Asian flavors. Although, it still navigates away from the standard Asian touch of fish sauces and what not. Filipino dishes lunch varies from Caldereta and Sinigang to Adobo and halo-halo; there is never just one synonymous flavor per dish. Sure, Filipino cuisine is versatile and daring, but it can also be quite terrifying for many tourists and foreigners who have dabbled into the bizarre side of Filipino delicacy. When I say bizarre, I’m referring to the popular and “exotic” egg called BALUT. What is Balut? Balut is a Filipino delicacy that is popular among many locals. It’s basically a fertilized embryo that is boiled after being incubated. It goes through 17 days of incubation before going through the boiling and selling process. Balut is popularized in the Philippines but is sold in several parts of Asia like China, Cambodia and Vietnam. Balut is typically eaten warm. These duck eggs are kept warm by being covered by newspapers in a box or basket. It usually costs less than 10 pesos an egg and are usually sold at night in the streets. Balut’s Notorious Reputation Balut is a Filipino delicacy that has a notorious reputation for being terrifying and disgusting at the same time. Many foreigners and travelers to the Philippines don’t usually jump at the opportunity to try it. Despite the stigma behind it, many other tourists and travelers enjoy trying balut for its interesting bite and unique flavor. This is one of the best things to do in Manila and the next time you find yourself in the Philippines, try to dare yourself to try this!