One of the banes, a rather minor one, of being Filipino is getting asked the balut (duck embryo) question or even questions:
“So you eat a lot of balut eh?”
“What does balut taste like?”
“Is it true that balut is an aphrodisiac?” Wink! Wink!
It gets pretty old because that’s not all we eat 24/7. C’mon there is soooooooooooooo much more to Filipino food than balut, both non-gross and goose-pimple inducing. And I don’t and can’t even go near that stuff. Sorry guys. Yes, I am a Filipino and I do not eat balut.
Though I do shy away from exotic meats (Aside from balut, there are other critters I can’t swallow.), the invitation to taste alligator meat was one that I could not deny. Well, first, it was free. Hehe! And second, it was one of the must things to do at a New Orleans themed restaurant.
Pappadeax did a good job making alligator meat more appetizing by, well, deep-frying ‘em, while keeping the fritters juicy and non-greasy. And I was so damn glad that I did not see or taste a sliver of alligator skin. And how did alligator taste like? Just like chicken, but lighter to the tummy.
Another thing I unexpectedly loved in Pappadeaux was their fresh oysters! Each oyster was a fresh bubble, sliding down my throat. Sigh.
We will surely be back for more of these water creatures soon, especially that we’ve moved to landlocked Texas J More stories about that later!
5635 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30071
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