To truly experience the Filipino culture, you can’t just visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Philippines, you must also try Pinoy food and delicacies. One of the more unusual delicacies of our lovely country is the balut. Simply put, a balut is a boiled fertilized duck egg. In detail, balut is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed duck embryo boiled and eaten directly from the shell. Sounds fun?
|They look normal don’t they? Balut eggs (p12/pc)
Usually, balut vendors walk around the streets of Manila at a scheduled time of the night, call out “Baluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!” in a deep voice and you can just head over to where the sound comes from. There was no call after dinner that night; luckily, we found a vendor that stays put at the corner of the street.
This is Dave. He’s from Canada and he recently came here for a visit. He is looking apprehensively at the seemingly normal egg in front of him. Of course, we just had to let him try balut. How? Here’s a step by step guide for balut newbs-
How to eat a balut egg:
Step 1– Crack the top of the egg open. Make sure to crack only the top part of the egg first,
Step 2- Like a shot of tequila, drink the liquid in one gulp,
Step 3- Remove the shell and ignore the gooey parts,
Step 4- Put the entire thing in your mouth and don’t think of the eyes, the beak, or the webbed feet sliding down your throat,
And most importantly,
Step 5- Enjoy the flavor and try to keep it down as best you can. ^^,
That is how you eat a balut egg. Thanks for being a sport, Dave! Congratulations on finishing your very first balut. ~_~
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