He'd eat anything to show his love for her

When Mr Anthony Levi Kho went to pick up his bride, he and his groomsmen were asked to eat balut - boiled, developing bird embryo in the shell.

Mr Kho, 36, says: "The smell of the balut was like a morgue. I have been to morgues before and they smelled exactly the same. I remember I could taste and feel the feathers in my mouth when I was eating it."

The details remain fresh in his mind even though his wedding was in 2004.


Mr Kho says with a laugh: "It tasted horrible, like it was rotten. I can still remember how the membrane tasted like. That night, I kept burping and it smelled really bad. I puked a lot too."

Still, the experience was a sweet one for Mr Kho.

"I just wanted to show my wife that I love her. It was all for fun.

"On top of that, there were videos shot so we can look back at all of these experiences," he says.

"When my wife saw the video (during the dinner reception), she said 'wow, so ke lian (Chinese for pitiful)' but I suspect she was a bit xing zai le huo (Chinese phrase for taking pleasure in another individual's pain)."

HORRIFIED: Mr Kho's face after eating the balut. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHONY LEVI KHO

In his 16 years as a wedding photographer, Mr Kho says he has seen 80 per cent of grooms go along with the games. But he feels the best way to ensure that everyone has a good time is to make prior checks.

"The wife will know the limit best but another way to do it is to check with the elders, because some of the bridesmaids may go on revenge mode and plan games that really cross the line," he says.

"I don't think there's a fixed line because it all depends on the couple."

He has seen grooms who argue with the bridesmaids during the wedding gatecrash, but he has also seen those who go the extra mile to make their special day even more memorable.

Mr Kho says: "I think it depends on the groom. Some do not believe that winning these games will make their wives happy.

"But at the end of the day, (the games) are just for people to laugh and open up to one another and it really can be quite fun."