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Fertilized Duck Embryo – Balut

Balut fertilized egg
Balut fertilized egg

How do you like your eggs? Sunny side up, Scrambled…? If you’re from the Philippines you’d probably want your eggs Balut style.

Balut is a dish that is common in the Philippines.  It is a duck egg that is fertilized and has a partially grown duck embryo inside of it.  The egg is then boiled and the embryo and the liquid inside is cooked.  Once the dish is served, the shell is punctured and the broth inside is sipped from the shell.  Then the shell is peeled so the diner can eat the yolk and the cooked chick.  It is common to see vendors selling balut in a bucket filled with sand to keep them warm.