Balut is a boiled duck egg in which the embryo has already formed with feathers, cartilage, and beak. It is consumed as food in all Southeast Asian countries, especially in the Philippines.

Balut comes in various degrees of “readiness” – some people prefer more yolk, while others prefer more meat. The most “ripe” balut is an 18-day-old fully formed chick ready to hatch. It already has feathers, a beak, and webbed feet.


Eggs with embryos are boiled without any frills and sold on the streets in many Southeast Asian countries. Balut is a nutritious and affordable local fast food, a very popular way to grab a quick snack on the go. Enjoy, all you food enthusiasts!

But they say that the taste is an acquired one, to be honest.

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