Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tangled Noodle: Cracking the Shell: Balut Revealed

Some of you who watch food or travel tv may have heard of balut from the likes of Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern. Often it is presented as not so much a food but, rather, as something to be consumed in an attempt to make the person appear brave and dangerous. "Hey, look at me! Look at what I'm eating!" I often find this type of food tv rather irritating as I believe it's mildly insulting to the particular culture that is the topic of the show.

That being said, please check out this excellent post about balut written by Tangled Noodle. She has given a rather delicate subject the respect it deserves, a far cry from how it is usually presented.

Tangled Noodle: Cracking the Shell: Balut Revealed


Tangled Noodle said...

Thank you so much for this! I originally wrote it for a class, but decided to post because, like you, I am often frustrated (to say the least) when foods are presented as 'weird' or 'gross' simply because they are unfamiliar. While I'm no raving fan of balut, it has such an interesting back story that deserves to be known. There is always a compelling reason why certain foods become such a part of a culture and to understand that is to understand that much more about other people and lands.

Thanks again and I'm so happy you enjoyed it! 8-)

Annapet said...

I love balut!