Filipino influencer Bretman Rock took to his Instagram story to eat balut after it was ranked the worst egg dish in the world.
Earlier this month, the online travel guide Taste Atlas ranked the Philippines’s tortang talong as one of the best-rated egg dishes in the world and the balut as the worst.
In their visitor poll, tortang talong, an eggplant omelet, received a 4.7 rating out of 5, while balut, a fertilized egg embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell, got a rating of 2.7.
“Balut is a popular, although unusual Filipino delicacy, served everywhere from street stalls to upscale restaurants,” Taste Atlas wrote. “It is considered an aphrodisiac that is commonly paired with a cold beer on the side. The dish can be seasoned with chili, garlic, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, ground pepper, and mint leaves. It can also be cooked in omelets or used as a filling for pastries.”
Rock, the 24-year-old beauty influencer and social media personality, filmed a “balut unboxing” that he posted to his Instagram story.
“Wow. Wait, hold on. That got me emotional. I love balut, guys,” he said after taking a bite.
He expressed his love for the food, noting that he used to eat about 10 baluts in one sitting. He also went on to show his followers the embryo.
“I don’t know if you can tell, but that’s the embryo right there,” Bretman said. “Like, you can see a baby duck and he’s a motherf*cking delicious.”
Bretman addressed people’s disgust of the Filipino delicacy.
“It’s OK. It’s fine because, you know, I think that with white people food,” he joked. “So, it’s OK, like, burgers.”
“Also, I really don’t put anything with my balut for those of you who are so concerned that I didn’t put salt or [vinegar] and sili in it,” he added. “I like how it tastes the way it does.”
This is not the first time Rock has defended the Filipino delicacy, nor is it the first time Taste Atlas has ranked it poorly.
Bretman first rose to fame as a content creator on YouTube and Vine for his humorous videos. He was previously named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017, People’s Choice Awards Beauty Influencer of the Year in 2019 and MTV’s 2021 Breakthrough Social Star.
Featured Image via Taste Atlas, @bretmanrock