Bitter Melon more challenging to eat than Balut??? Different strokes for different folks but...I don't think so! It all depends on how you cook Bitter Melon, what percentage of it there is in a dish, how used to bitter foods you are, and if you have the bitter gene (yes, there is one) that makes bitter food more intense to one's palate. Most people don't even know it's in Mission Chinese Food's Thrice Cooked Bacon. Mark my word...it's a food of the future (most medicinal veg on the planet...anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-malaria for starters) and if you know how to cook it (for most Americans it's an acquired taste but I have managed to convert a bunch so far) it's deelish! Can totally live without Balut, don't ever want to stop eating me some Bitter Melon. PS - not a vegetarian and willing to be somewhat adventurous.