Balot (photo: Meng).A balot or balut is a duck embryo in the later stages of development. The embryo is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is not unusual to find developing feathers, a beak, and eyes in the embryo. The balot is commonly eaten in many Southeast Asian countries. It is a popular street food in the Philippines.

Image: Balot (Creative Commons: Meng).

How is the Balot Eaten?

When served as street food, the balot is usually seasoned with salt, a chili-vinegar mix, or a lemon-mint mix. The seasoning depends on the country. The duck egg is eaten in China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

In some countries, balot has become part of fine dining. In this case, the egg may be served as an appetizer, an adobo dish, or in pastries.

Who Invented the Balot?

The consumption of duck egg embryos probably developed in China. From there, the dish was carried to the Southeast Asian countries by early traders or migrants.

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Ronand Abella

Ang isang balut ay kinakain sa pilipinas at hindi sa bang bansa.
Pweda lang siya sa asia at hindi sa labas niya.
Para sa iba ang balut ay hindi masarap pero ang totoo ay maarap kapag merong lalahyan

Ronand Abella

Balut is eaten around Asia especially in the Philippines.
The balut is eaten as an embryo duck.
The balut is eaten with a different seasoning like salt, viniger, and lemon.
The balut is eaten in Vietnam, Philippines, china Cambodia and Laos.

Webster Gabiana

First how eat the Balot is China the 2th is pilipino.
The Ducks is a balot is make by a Ducks Baby in the egg is a balot.

Ronand Abella

Ang balut ay meron sa shell ng duck.

Ronand Abella

The ballot is in the shell of the duck.