Balut draft – 2nd of May 2010. Another old post in draft. I deleted the whole post and started writing it with a new perspective. I shall start with thanking Tammi for opening up her house to us. I can vaguely remember how the conversation started and who started it but it seemed like a dare to most of us to try balut. We have a few seasoned balut munchers amongst us – Anh, Phil Lees & Billy. We were in safe hands. We also decided to try balut from different suburbs – Richmond, Footscray and Springvale.
Anh has kindly brought condiments like white pepper, red chillies and ginger to aid in making this a better experience. I was apprehensive. I mean it is a freaking duck fetus! A half formed duckling…. I was fighting within myself. Yes, I might get the one with beak and little bones. I was scaring myself.
I took a video of Billy giving us all a balut eating 101. Sorry but I was squeezed behind so this is the best shot! Gently knock the top till it cracks. Then use hands to peel off the top to reveal the insides. Check out the video.
I was standing next to Daniella (my colleague). She is Italian and seemed to enjoyed it… I was still standing there wide eyed and thoughts of backing out. Shame…. but I have pride… food pride. I ate it. It was surprisingly good even though I did have one that is quite well formed. It tastes like rich duck soup. And then I had another with a pinch of white pepper and tiny shreds of ginger. Delicious.
More photos of the action on my Flickr Album.
Tammy’s youngest boy is the most adventurous of all. He even came back for seconds! Love this kid.. one seriously cool kid
After the balut experience, we were all ready for dinner. We all brought a dish along. The table was set out in the backyard. All the food filled the table. The feast and chatter began. It was a great Sunday afternoon. This is a sentimental moment. But I felt very fortunate to be surrounded by nice people and great food. It was comforting. It was warm and fuzzy.
This was what everyone brought to the table and sorry but I seem to have missed out on some photos! How can that be…. I can’t find Celeste’s and Kat’s dessert. This is what happens when a draft is almost 6 months old!
Billy – Bo kho with banh mi
Tammi - Goi ga (viet chicken salad)
Lauren – Canh – So good!
Kat – Glass noodle salad
Mister – Chow mien
Celeste and Kat – Coconut milk and bananas, and mango/lychee jelly cups
We all met each other through blogging and twitter. We all share one common love – Food and have since organised many get togethers. This is the community that I grew to love and also appreciate. Some I blogged about it and some… sorry but I have been too lazy. Below are just some of the few gatherings this year.
Melbourne dumpling gathering 1 (Read about it HERE)
Melbourne dumplings 2 (har gao)
Ramen hunting in Melbourne CBD (Read about it HERE)
Home made ramen tonkotsu
Banh Mi Showdown (Read about it HERE)
Mutton Biryani and all other pot luck dishes
Spanish cookbook challenge gathering (Read about it HERE)
Home made mooncake lesson 101
Nonya Feast at Chilli Padi
Sydney & Melbourne Mad Hatter Spring Picnic 2010 (Read about it HERE)
I love blogging. I love meeting all these lovely and nice people. Some of us become friends and we hang out lots. We test recipes, we give each other honest opinions. Blogging is about giving each other a sense of community (if that makes any sense). So leave the egos aside and just enjoy blogging, sharing and respecting each other.