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Janne And Lo's Balut Egg Experience And A Tutorial Video By Mikey BustosThursday, March 10, 2011 Mary Anne Velasco
Perhaps you've already heard about this balut egg from friends and relatives. Or maybe have encountered it from reading books, magazines and newspapers. Could it be that you've seen balut in famous tv shows such as The Amazing Race Asia Season 2, Fear Factor or have watched documentaries about it in different travel channels? You might have come to know about this intriguing balut egg in one way or more but have you seen one in person? Have you tried it?
A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines. ~~~ wikipedia
In July 2009, I've travelled back to the Philippines with my boyfriend, Janne, for a four-week vacation. A week after, Lo, my boyfriend's best friend have flown in to join us. Both of them have heard so much about balut and are curious to check it out. Upon visiting my dad in his place in Quezon City, their bravery has been put to the test. They've eaten one balut each. But when I've asked them if they'll be willing to swallow another one, they've given me a simple two-letter reply - NO!'
Duck eggs that are not properly developed after nine to twelve days are sold as penoy, which look, smell and taste similar to a regular hard-boiled egg. In Filipino cuisine, these are occasionally beaten and fried, similar to scrambled eggs, and served with a vinegar dip. ~~~ wikipedia
To help you understand further about Balut Egg, here's a Balut Egg Tutorial video - brought to you by Mikey Bustos:
By the way, FYI, although born and raised in the Philippines and have seen and touched balut and penoy a million times, I do not eat 'em. I even haven't tasted both yet! Whenever I long for cooked eggs in a shell, I go for the ordinary unfertilized boring dry and devoid of the broth soft or hard boiled egg. Let's just say, I do not have the balls to put balut and penoy in my mouth.