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A few rainy nights ago, we feasted on this Filipino ‘snack’ called Balut. It was actually my Hubby who has been craving to eat some. And finally, he had eaten his ‘favorite’ and ate 4 in a row! Then 2 nights after, he requested my bro-in-law to buy some for him again. Hmm.. I never knew that balut is addictive. Haha!
Anyways for those who doesn’t know what’s a BALUT. A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. They are common, everyday food in some countries in Southeast Asia, such as in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors at night in the regions where they are available. They are often served with beer. The Filipino and Malay word balut (balot) means “wrapped” – depending on pronunciation.
This is a 16 day old balut. As you can see the embryo inside.
This delicacy is best served with salt, chilli and vinegar.