At least in alcohol they do.
OK, Matt. Here’s a challenge for you, should you feel obligated to try to top the balut.
This is a real Korean product folks, and not a novelty either. It’s a traditional beverage.
Korean Mice Wine:
That’s right folks, a worm in a bottle suddenly seems like an ordinary ingredient. Can you imagine this sitting on a bar next to the giant jug of Finlandia filled with pineapple chunks?
Allow me to quote Suzanne Donahue, who deserves a special web award for blogging intrepidity because she actually tried this stuff:
You see, I wasn’t just intrigued by the idea of beverage rodents, or even the idea of itsy-bitsy beverage rodents. No, what really took this concoction over the top for me was the sheer amount of itsy-bitsy beverage rodents floating within.
No, this was not an April Fool’s joke. The date on the article was July 6, 2007. I should give the hat tip to the Amazon blog Al Dente, who listed the article in a list of foods which should be April Fool’s jokes.
The article is worth a read, and judging from her description of the taste, I doubt that we’ll be having a TDN: Korean Baby Mice Wine anytime soon.
Incidentally, don’t bother looking for it on Amazon, or even Google Shopping. Any of my overseas readers have it available where you are?