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.
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.
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.
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.