Philippines in world record attempt for largest serving of balut

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The municipality of Pateros attempted to set a world record for the most number of "balut" served.

(CNN Philippines) – This is not a gastronomic feast for all.

Pateros, a small municipality known as the “balut” (boiled duck egg) capital of the Philippines, held an exotic feast of fertilized duck eggs last Friday (April 10) in an attempt to set a world record for the largest serving of the popular local delicacy.

Locally known as "balut," this exotic dish of fertilized egg is usually cooked by boiling two- to three-week-old duck eggs and eaten with the chick fetus intact. Although a very famous street food, this particular dish is not for those with weak stomach, especially foreigners who are always dared to eat the said delicacy by teasing Filipinos.

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A total of 117.5 kilograms of duck embryos, cooked with vinegar and soy sauce by culinary students, were consumed by the more than 500 participants who joined the feast, according to event organizers.

Around 1,000 eggs were prepared for the record attempt.

Tables stretching across the length of the street were prepared for the hundreds of participants who dined on banana leaves using their hands as part of the country's local custom during festivals.

"Balut has a lot of calcium, is nutritious, has protein, and can strengthen the knees. This world record that we are setting, for the biggest number of balut and the largest feast, is historic for us," said Pateros Mayor Joey Medina, whose small yet popular town is also known for its duck-raising industry and “itlog na maalat” (salted eggs).

"It's really delicious. Usually, I like to eat the regular ones ones with the eggshells on, but this one is good, too. The serving is not enough, we still want to eat more," said Ernie Asubrera, one of the participants.

Organizers are hoping to set a new Guinness World record for "The Largest Serving of Balut in Terms of Weight," which has never been set by any country before. The record is now under review by Guinness officials.

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Reuters contributed to this report.