Missionary Madi states "We ate balut. Yup! Barf. I ate a duck, wings, beak and feathers and all. I wish I could send videos it was awful and I freaked out. The Poly's we were with just downed it."
Balut eggs are fertilized duck (sometimes chicken) eggs that are at the stage of development where there is a nearly developed embryo inside. The balut egg then boiled and usually eaten with salt, just like a normal boiled egg. In the Philippines the perfect balut egg is normally 17 days old, the point where the chick does not have beak, bones or feathers. Balut eggs can typically be purchased from a street vendor who keeps them warm in a bucket of sand.
|Eeek! Bag full of Balut eggs!|
The Filipino and Malay word balut (balot) means "wrapped" – depending on pronunciation.
Fertilized duck eggs are kept warm in the sun and stored in baskets to retain warmth. After nine days, the eggs are held to a light to reveal the embryo inside. Approximately eight days later the balut are ready to be cooked, sold, and eaten.