“Menus please,” I said in Chinese, Sarah and I began to pick out which dishes to order. We had planned not to tell Julian what he was going to be tasting until the end, so he would not feel overwhelmed. The dishes arrived quickly and there were around six different dishes. Immediately, I noticed Julian’s face turning a bit pale and I could tell that he didn’t like what he was getting himself into.
We first started with off with the richly cooked chicken fried rice which was one of the only "neutral" dishes we could find on the menu. We then moved on to the stir fried frogs with green peppers, it had a delicious smell.
Julian took the first bite and was surprised that it was actually quite tasty, however he was really annoyed that there were so many bones along with the meat as he is very protective of his teeth. Sarah never ate frog before so it was also her first time trying it, she thought it was pretty tasty and doesn’t mind it at all.
The second dish was chicken feet soaked in spicy sauce, Julian took a bite of it and choked. “Yuck!” he said.
He didn’t really enjoy the distinctive taste and the texture of the chicken feet and it was also too spicy for him to handle. However, Sarah loved the chicken feet and continued to grab some more for herself.
The next challenge was the balut, which is a famous Filipino delicacy. It is a dead embryo inside an egg that Filipinos liked to eat and slurp on the broth. It was my first time trying it and I wasn’t all that excited to taste it. I knew what it was before but just never tried it in my life. We proceeded to crack the top of the egg and peeled off the shells, I tried slurping the broth but was shocked by the overpowering smell and taste, it did not taste like duck to me. I then took the whole egg out and I didn’t like it, maybe because I could physically see the duck inside but it wasn’t all that tasty to me.
Sarah was petrified and didn’t even want to try and taste it. However, Julian, who is a Filipino American, loved this delicacy even though it was his first time trying it and ate the whole egg. He prefers this over all of the Chinese food we ate.