Wednesday 23 July 2014

Food on Wheels; Balut, Philippines street food par excellence

After last month's post about bread at Panagsama beach in Moalboal, we're back in the Philippines for another episode of 'Food on Wheels'. 
This month with probably one of the most controversial street foods around South East Asia; Balut, it's considered a delicacy in the Philippines. The pictures were taken during an early evening stroll along Dumaguete's promenade along the ocean in early June.

Balut eggs

Balut eggs on display, marked to know their age

In case you don't know what it is; A balut is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. Pictures of an opened balut can be found here.
Balut comes in various 'ages', from a few days to possibly 15 days, which may be the limit of when the eggs still can be eaten.

Balut eggs being looked after

Balut eggs being looked after and covered up

It's very popular around the Philippines although not all Pinoy will eat it. Over the years I've eaten a lot of 'weird' and strange things and in general I like to try new things. Balut however is something where I don't have that urge to try it out!

Enjoying balut

Plenty of folk enjoying balut in the evening at Dumaguete's promenade 

If and when in the Philippines, you probably will stumble over balut sooner or later. If you feel adventurous, go for it! I would love to hear how you liked your balut.

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