The Balot Experience By Teacher GABZ [No.236] NEW
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The Balot Experience
Hi there! Im Gabz. A graduate of Bachelor of Industrial Psychology in one of the prestigious schools here in Cebu. Ive been teaching this kind of profession as an ESL Teacher for quite a long time, specifically 5 years to different nationalities like Japanese, Koreans. Chinese, Taiwanese and Arabians. I might have known their strong and weak points when in it came to studying but I never got tired to encourage them not to give up and pursue what they really wanted to do. As a teacher here in Cebu of course we have to show them what those beautiful views and unique foods here in our place have. And that means, the popular and thought inspiring, “BALOT”!.
Yes, that is right! Have you heard about “balot”? If not, let me introduce you about balot. Let us not debate about it. There is nothing disgusting about eating balot. It is plainly an egg except that this one has feathery wings, premature beak, and a pair of brittle legs inside it. It is so much similar as a regular chicken egg that you eat in your house. But seriously, what makes this Filipino delicacy one of the internationally most-feared food are the images associated to it not by the mere sight of it but even upon hearing the word balot itself.
Balot is a boiled fertilized duck embryo. It is ideally 17 days old, just as when the embryo starts to develop before it becomes ready for consumption. It is a much forgiving sight than what an individual typically imagines. But the older it gets, the more developed the embryo becomes. Making the “chick” features more prominent. This is where the popular nasty image comes from. By not imagining too much of how it looks, eating balot is as easy as peeling its shell. As for the taste, it is as the same with the regular hardboiled egg, even more flavorful indeed. This is exactly how I convinced my students to conquer their fears. Just like with the other travelers from different parts of the world whom I’ve successfully convinced to try balot, to consider eating balot as an art.
On this situation, compose yourself. Grab a can of beer or a bottle of cola if you like to gain momentum. Breathe deeply, chomp the whole thing and finally face your fear. Do the finger licking move to clean your hands and finish off your remaining beer or cola to complete the art of eating balot with pride!
By: Ma. Teresa Fatima B. Gabuya