Part of the enjoyment of tonight’s Pinoy Peyesta was the gathering of some brave souls who tried balut for the first time.
Balut is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. They are considered delicacies of Asia and especially the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. Popularly believed to be an aprodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, baluts are mostly sold by street vendors at night in the regions where they are available. They are often served with beer.
Here is a pictoral of eating balut. My husband was kind enough to walk through the steps in shelling and eating balut. Warning – this is not for the faint and these men really ate these eggs! There are 4 parts to eating balut…
2. hardened calcium, which has a plastic like texture
3. yolk, which is full of veins and tastes like a giant egg yolk