If You’re Pregnant in the Philippines, Don’t Eat Balut

If you’re pregnant in the Philippines, don’t eat balut. Balut  is a developing duck embryo (fertilized duck egg) that is boiled and eaten in the shell. I’ve choked down this Filipino delicacy on a few occasions (see following photo) and I have to admit, I’ve only done so after I’ve quaffed a bottle of Red Horse (or two.) Aside from the chick embryo, it tastes like a boiled egg, but it is not one of my favorite foods in the archipelago.The Kano eating balut in the Philippines

However, balut is extremely popular with many of the locals despite the side effects it can cause for the offspring of pregnant women. Case in point, our niece Michelle.

Michelle was fast asleep when I took the following photographs during a recent outing at Raymen Beach. Note her hairy legs. What caused this?  Her mother, Emily, ate balut when she was pregnant.

This, according to my beloved asawa, after I remarked how hairy our niece’s legs are.

balut and hairy legs

Check out this close-up. I have no reason to doubt the veracity of my spouse’s story because if I’ve learned anything after over 15 years of marriage is this: never question her. It makes my life so much simpler. You married guys out there know what I’m talking about.

I can’t even get away with sarcastic remarks anymore that went over my wife’s head.  After only a couple years of marriage, she caught on to my smart ass ways and I felt compelled to discontinue my sarcasm (for the most part.)

You might wonder why it took my asawa two years to catch on. The language barrier was on my side for awhile. She wasn’t aware of the various slang words that we use in the States.

balut can cause hairy legs in females

So if you are pregnant and already know that your upcoming bundle of joy will be a Filipina, don’t eat balut. But if it doesn’t bother you that the child will have hairy legs in the future, eat all the balut you want to your heart’s content and hope that her future spouse loves hairy women.

18 comments

  1. I must say first congratulations for you being able to choke down a balut . There are somethings that even
    San Miguel couldn’t do for me. but next time someone offers me a balut i’m going to just tell them i’m pregnant I always new a little beer gut would come in handy LOL>>>>
    but I have been known to purchase them for my asawa family but they would only eat them in the dark guess they didn’t want to see it.

    1. Well, Roger, I’ve also eaten chewy pig’s face, but never again. I only did that after consuming seven bottles of Red Horse at our family’s fiesta years ago.

      Eating balut in the dark, now that’s a good idea. 😎

            1. Pig’s ear can very well be one of the sisig ingredients, Lance. Everyone seems to have their own recipe and adds and subtracts whatever part of the pig they want for the dish.

  2. Dave,
    Hairy legs caused by balut? I still laugh at some of Annes superstitions. But slowly coming around that you can’t win you just have to go with the flow.

    1. Yep, that’s a new one on me, Papa Duck. I’m also told I cannot take a shower after coming in from the house when I’m all sweaty otherwise I will get sick. I have to have a cool down period, per Melinda.

      1. I also follow the rules of the “cool down” period. Also, during this time I’m required to put on a dry shirt and if it’s a particularly hot day and I’m sweating from head to toe, dry underwear. Like most of the others here, expiration dates are to be strictly observed.

        Here’s another one. Went to my cousins funeral several months ago and the wife refused to view the body. When I asked why, it was because there was no glass covering between the body and her. Didn’t pursue any further explanations as I’ve also learned to keep my mouth shut.

        Steve

        1. Good to hear from you, Steve. Yep, I had to follow the “cool down” rule again this morning. I spent an hour outside early this morning cashew hunting and was drenched in sweat. My asawa promptly “wiped me down” with a sweat towel and I waited 30 minutes before taking a shower.

          Never heard about the lack of glass cover over the coffin but will check with my spouse on that one. I have a feeling she will know about it.

  3. Hi Dave heard the one about not having a bath or shower for a week after giving birth
    The wife told me about that one,I said the woman might smell a bit lol , last week
    While waiting for my wife outside the supermarket i watched 2 pretty girls with nice
    Uniforms just finished work I think run straight to the balut vendor next to me and
    Gulp down 2 baluts each,they asked me if I want to try one I said only after I
    Drink a gallon of red horse, we all had a good laugh Derek in pasig

    1. Yep, I think I might stay downwind of anyone that has not showered for a while, Derek. Interesting.

      Well, I could never have tried eating balut with my own “liquid courage,” Red Horse. And after a gallon of the stuff, I probably would eat just about anything. 😎

  4. hey now, I remember 2 occasions when we were hangin out that you ate balut after only 1 redhorse. In my opinion balut causes some of the worst bad breath even after brushing and gargling with mouthwash as the smell comes up from the depths of the stomach, don’t mention this to Zet as I already did hahaha.

    1. Yep, that’s true, Scott B. I did eat balut after only one Red Horse. I even tried a “Gourmet Balut” at Robinsons, very hot and spicy. I will keep that bad breath issue under wraps and make sure I never kiss Melinda right after I ever eat the stuff again.

  5. Like PapaDuck said, I also just nod and agree now with some of my wives strange beliefs, it makes life a lot easier I am learning also.

    One of my wives beliefs is about expiration dates on food. If it says it expires on 12-1-15 or whatever the date, then it will go in the trash the next day. Its ok if its eaten the day before it expires but it will kill you if eaten the day after the expiration date, and I cant even begin to explain to her the best if used by date, vs an expiration date. I told her I am going to bring a large gun safe there with me, just to keep all the foods I like that I will also be bringing ample supplies of, just so she cant have access to them and throw them away each day as they expire. Many foods will last a long time after there expiration date but I cant convince her of that.

    She finally said, I can eat anything I want as old as I want, but as soon as I get there I must go to a lawyer and have something drawn-up saying that she will not be responsible if I eat something and it kills me, cause she dosent want the neighbors thinking that she poisoned me, gotta save face some way I guess.

    1. Well, Bill S, I’ve found it easier to just do the nod and agree and keep my fat mouth shut.

      I have used prescription meds that have gone past their expiration date but haven’t had much of an issue with expiration dates for food here thus far. The “fresh” milk, UHT, usually has an expiration date six months out. Any canned goods I purchase have expiration dates of at least a year out. The fresh meat we buy at our local market is not packaged and has no expiration date. With six people in the household here, any meat or fish doesn’t last very long any way.

      Well, good luck on finding a lawyer than can handle your asawa’s request. As you probably know, you even have to go to a lawyer here to get anything notarized but I’ve never heard of anyone going to a lawyer for the reason your spouse wants. Guess it’s better to humor her and go along with her request. 😎

  6. I get the same food expiration date response from my wife here in the US. What’s interesting is that she works in a grocery store and should know that the “sell by date” does not mean something has gone bad.

    1. The only thing I really worried about in the States, DaveW, was milk that had gone past the expiration date. I would give it a sniff if it was past the date. Don’t have to worry about that here with the “fresh” milk. Bought some milk yesterday and the expiration date is December 2015.

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