Since coming to Asia I had wanted to find and try Balut. Balut is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Sounds absolutely disgusting.. which is why I wanted to try it. Balut is the name I know it as which is the Philippine name, in Vietnam it's called Trứng vịt lộ. I had heard both good and bad things about it. In the end, I have to say it wasn't that bad. I don't know if I'd seek it out with the same pizzaz as I first did but I'd eat it again for sure. In fact, when I got to Lao it would be given to me as part of the New Year celebration.