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Balut in the Tampa Bay area

Little T. May 17, 2011 07:10 PM

Does anyone know where to find it?

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    andy huse May 24, 2011 01:50 PM

    alright, Little T, are you just putting us on here? how about posting a picture of you eating that stuff?

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      Little T. May 26, 2011 05:12 PM

      Nope, not my style :-)

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        andy huse May 30, 2011 12:01 PM

        it was worth a try....

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      Little T. May 18, 2011 08:40 AM

      I should add . . . Preferably prepared and served at a restaurant.

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        CFishman May 18, 2011 09:50 AM

        I think I have met my match, Little T. You will have to report back about how your experiment goes. Regina's was recommended to me awhile back but I haven't been able to get over there. Being one of the few (only?) Filipino places around, it might be worth checking out.


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          Little T. May 22, 2011 05:32 AM

          Yep, I have heard Regina's is pretty good.

          I'll be sure to report back if I can bring myself to do it . . .

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            Mild Bill May 22, 2011 10:11 AM

            Darn, I wish we didn't miss Phil-Fest 2011 in April!
            That would have been a good get together... Regina's looks interesting too!

            I love all the crazy stuff, but I always thought Balut is where I draw the line...

            That's why I will do it...

            Little T, let me know when you find some and I'll meet you there...
            We'll suck out those fetus's's's like a couple Honey Badgers, and get it on video...

            And then of course the ceremonial chewing of 20 pieces of Bubblicious!

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              Little T. May 22, 2011 08:29 PM

              I'll let you know . . . There will have to be a lot of San Miguel involved :-)

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          kempshark May 20, 2011 03:27 PM

          I think you might have a hard time finding them served in a restaurant. You'll probably have to buy them at a market. I've never been over to the Philippines, but my friend was over there a couple of years ago and said none of the restaurants served them. You had to buy them from the street vendors. Yes, he ate them and said they were good. I still can't bring myself to actually try one.

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            ospreycove May 22, 2011 03:38 PM

            For those still wondering about Balut and what it looks like see link below

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              Mild Bill May 23, 2011 06:16 AM

              Yeah, after reading the article. and after careful consideration------ nevermind... ;-)

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                askdrtodd May 23, 2011 11:28 AM

                haha I wonder if someone would make me a balomelet?

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                  Little T. May 26, 2011 05:13 PM

                  hehehehe . . . A southwestern balomelet

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                    askdrtodd May 27, 2011 06:04 AM

                    or like a crab balenedict

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          kempshark May 18, 2011 06:05 AM

          I know you can get them at Dong A Market at 2600 30th Ave North in St. Petersburg. They also have them at Dong A 2 Market at 8730 49th St North. I believe Cho Lon at 5944 34th St North also carries Balut, but I know I've seen them at the other two places. All of these places are in Pinellas County. I'm not familiar with the asian markets in Tampa, so I don't know which ones might carry it. I think almost every asian market in Pinellas County carries it.

          Personally I haven't been able to get past the visuals and actually get one in my mouth, but my wife's relatives (from Laos) eat them.

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            Old E. May 18, 2011 06:35 AM

            I thought Oceanic carried them.

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              askdrtodd May 18, 2011 08:08 AM

              Probably. Would be surprised if they didn't. What's the other huge asian market?

          2. askdrtodd May 18, 2011 05:50 AM

            Man, those wikipedia pictures sure were appetizing...

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              TampaPete May 18, 2011 05:32 AM


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                twyst May 18, 2011 05:42 AM

                I couldn't ever bring myself to try it either, but who knows, maybe its delicious.

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                  Mytah May 18, 2011 10:55 AM

                  TampaPete made me lol.

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                    rhnault May 18, 2011 02:54 PM

                    I wish I had not googled it. I remember seeing Anthony Bourdain completely skeeved by it as well.

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                      Manderley May 19, 2011 01:54 PM

                      i did google it, and i'm sorry i did. i can't get those awful photos out of my head. arrrrrgghhhhh

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                        Little T. May 19, 2011 04:58 PM

                        You eat eggs for breakfast / lunch / and or dinner, no? Do you eat chicken and dine on Peking duck?

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                          sunshine842 May 19, 2011 10:59 PM

                          most folks make a point of removing bones, feet, etc. Not too many people popping a Perdue chicken down whole.

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                            askdrtodd May 20, 2011 05:29 AM

                            this isn't like "sushi" vs "cooked fish", this is more "mutated fetus" vs. "yummy creamy egg yolk". I mean it's apples and (mutant) oranges haha

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                              rhnault May 20, 2011 06:03 AM

                              Exactly how I feel!

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                              Manderley May 20, 2011 02:33 PM

                              this is not eggs or chicken or peking duck. this looks like something that belongs in a jar in the laboratory of a mad scientist.

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                        Manderley May 18, 2011 02:16 AM

                        i might if i knew what the heck it was.

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