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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Balut: The Fertilized Duck Egg Street Snack, Modern Farmer.