Friday, November 5, 2010
Balut is a fertilized duck egg with almost-developed embryo and a popular Philippine delicacy found in most street in the Philippines. Balut is usually sold for 7-10 pesos per egg, salt is included.
Aside from being a good source of protein, (a good alternative to the expensive protein bars and shakes), Balut is believed to be an aphrodisiac. Hmmm, that's probably why your Filipino friend acts that way. It's the Balut in him or in her.
In Pinoy pop culture, eating Balut has been a way to baptize first time visitor in the country. Sometimes, a strong persuasion is part of the process to convince foreign friends to try it.
How to eat:
1. Crack open and remove the top shell usually by hitting it against the wall. Make sure to crack it from the rounder end so that you have a better access to the egg's amniotic fluid.
2. Sipped the broth surrounding the embryo before the shell is completely peeled.
3. Sprinkle a bit of salt and eat the yolk and young chick. All of the contents of the egg are consumed, although some prefer not to eat the whites due to its cartilage-like toughness.
So what are you waiting for? Balut is available outside the Philippines too especially in countries with high concentrations of Filipino expats.