What is Balut?
Balut is basically a hard boiled duck egg with a partially formed duck fetus inside. The fertilized duck eggs are allowed to develop for approximately 17 days, at which point it is considered ready, the fetus is developed enough to be meaty but not long enough to have developed claws, feathers or a beak. Balut originates from the Philippines but has also become popular in China, it is usually consumed as a snack with salt and beer.
Once the egg has been cooked it is carefully cracked open at the top to reveal “the broth”, which surrounds the developing embryo, this is sipped before the egg is fully peeled and the contents are eaten. The broth is said to taste like a cross between chicken stock and egg. The Balut eggs are savored for their balance of flavors and textures and added protein.
Would you try one of these “special” eggs?