What is Balut, the Philippine Delicacy?

BalutIf you have been in the Philippines then you have heard a street vendor going past in the evening calling “Baluuuut, Baluuuut!” It is famous – or perhaps infamous – as a Filipino Food delicacy!

What Is Balut?

Balut is a fertilized duck embryo that, when partially-developed, is boiled and eaten in the shell. When buying balut you can select the age of the egg according to your preference. Balut is quite popular at 17 days old when it is not sufficiently developed to show its beak, feathers or claws, and the bones are still undeveloped.

It is a high-protein, hearty snack and is also considered by some to be an aphrodisiac.

Despite its reputation as a tasty delicacy, due to its appearance many visitors to the Philippines may be reluctant to try this snack. They might opt for some delicious Filipino desserts instead.

How Do You Eat Balut?

When eating balut a person will usually begin by cracking open a small hole towards the top of the egg and drinking the liquid inside. Then the shell is peeled away revealing the cooked embryo inside. Oftentimes, balut is seasoned with salt or a mixture of chili, garlic and vinegar.

Incidentally, balut is also popular in a few other Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.


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