A balut is an 18-day-old boiled developing duck embryo commonly sold as a street food in the Philippines and a very common food in Southeast Asia most particularly in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. The name “balut” comes from the word ballot which literally means covered/wrapped since it is cooked with its shell.
This is best eaten with salt or chili garlic. Some people use vinegar with onions and pepper. Not everyone eats the fetus of balut, some squeamish people cannot eat the chick. I love the broth of balut, I always savour its taste and slowly sip the broth from a small hole before I peel the shell. I love the yellow part of the egg which is the yolk; the white part is kind of hard so not everyone eats that. All of the parts of the egg are edible except for the shell of course.
Nowadays, balut are already being served in fancy restaurants, giving it twists that are really interesting like balut omelet, it can also be served as an appetizer, toppings in adobo and baked pastries’ filling.
After eating the balut, I bet you’ll never look at an egg the same way again. The soft bones of the fetus give it a crunchy feeling. This food is high in protein and complex nutrients.
In the Philippines, balut eggs are buried in sand and incubated for 17 days, this is the traditional way of cooking balut, though modern incubators are now available for convenience. When the balut eggs are already developed, they will be boiled and sold in the streets carried in a basket by street vendors.
It is also a sign of manliness, the grosser the balut looks, the manlier you are if you eat it and this proves your manhood. Balut is considered as a natural Viagra for men. Balut is an aphrodisiac food.
The balut is boiled for 30 minutes just like a hard-boiled chicken egg. Balut shall be eaten while still warm. You have to hold the egg firmly and then crack a little hole in the shell and then sip the broth. Peel the shell and you can now enjoy the duck embryo, the egg yolk and the white cartilaginous part.
Balut is best eaten at night with a glass of cold beer.