What is Balut?
Balut is one of the most famous delicacies in the Philippines– one of a few that other people won’t dare a try. But what is strange about it is, most Filipinos abroad long to eat the egg. Another thing is that natives and foreigners who are bold enough to taste it claimed that its taste is fantastic.
It is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly considered as a street food in the Philippines.
Why is Balut eaten at night?
You might wonder why balut is sold at night.
First, according to most who have tried, this is all because the looks of balut may not be desirable for the person who eats it. With that, vendors suggested it to be eaten in the dark in order not to see it clearly. The feathers of the chick may be very destructive for the person who is eating it. But if you’re used to eating balut, eating it day or night doesn’t really matter.
Second, it is popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac. An egg is said to be a natural way to attain high performance in bed that help any man to be more energetic when they make love with his partner and that makes it advisable to be eaten at night.
Where can we find one?
Balut is sold in the sidewalk of a crowded area like in the market or every corner of every street. Some vendors tend not to stay in one place but roam around barefooted or at times with a bike.
For first timers, the taste may be odd but don’t worry once you’ve tasted it, you will always want it. Your first bite is worth it.