Okay, so it’s 1:12 am here in the Philippines as I start writing this blog. I just really have to share it.

This may not be the first time for some of you to hear, or even see, this food that I am to share right now. But regardless, I want to share it to those who haven’t.

It’s been a while since the last time I had balut. I think it’s been 3 years. This is usually sold in the streets at night by someone on a bike with a basket. But I barely see these people selling balut. I am not sure why.

Anyway, for those who are not so sure what I am talking about – the balut (balot) is a egg – a developing one – boiled to cook. Some put salt to season while recently, some restaurants have developed a kind of dish where they put a balut on a batter and deep fried.

So here are some photos:

Looks just like regular eggs. Well, these are regular duck eggs - just prepared differently.
Looks just like regular eggs. Well, these are regular duck eggs – just prepared differently.

 

Crack it open to start. You'd notice there's a soup of some sort. You put salt (some prefer vinegar) and you slurp the soup in. Yes, slurp.
Crack it open to start. You’d notice there’s a soup of some sort. You put salt (some prefer vinegar) and you slurp the soup in. Yes, slurp.

 

Viola! A balut, ladies and gentlemen.
Viola! A balut, ladies and gentlemen.

 

Oh here is a better view!
Oh here is a better view!

 

If you are to visit the Philippines, make sure you try one at least. This is just one of the many exotic dishes you can encounter in the Philippines. The balut could also be found in other Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and Laos.

 

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