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Mar 2, 2008 06:31 PM

Balut in Boston?

I am a Medford resident, and was wondering if anyone knows of places to find Balut in this general area. I've been watching Bizarre Foods w/Andrew Zimmern, and after having seen him eat it, I had to try it (as nasty as it might look and sound). I tried my local Super 88, but everyone I asked didn't really seem to know what I was talking about. Anyway, any suggestions?

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  1. Any place we can find live sago grubs and toasted tarantulas...?

    Balut is not easy to find even in a town with lot's of Philipino food and Boston ain't it. Course you could make your own. Track down someone with ducks...

    If you are really trying to give challenging foods a whirl here in Boston I would go for:

    - Stinky tofu (various locals)
    - Fermented bambu salad (Dok Bua)
    - 1,000 year old eggs (various)
    - various pig-parts dishes: tripe, blood, ear, etc.
    - Beef tendon
    - Duck webs
    - Goose intestines (Peach farm)
    - I bet Mittheap in Lynn might have some more challenging dishes...

    Heck be great if others chime in with challenging foods they know of here in greater beantown.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Grasshoppers at TĂș Y Yo in Somerville.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        1000 year old eggs can be gotten at any chinese grocery place, along with the pig parts and beef tendon.
        duck webs and goose intestine can be found in chinese barbeque places, such as hong kong eatery in chinatown.

      2. Just a note: unlike a boiled egg, balut is best eaten warm or hot.

        1. openonymous mentioned a place in a previous thread about duck eggs:

          "lowell's cambodian groceries carries duck eggs, quail eggs, chicken eggs, even duck or chicken eggs with embryo (balut)."

          1. Yes there are balut in the Boston area, 2 kinds in fact. The duck egg balut and the chicken egg balut, I used to buy it at 88 in Boston and Quincy and the Lowell area cambodian groceries sell them too, I have not checked the prices lately but a couple of months back, the Chicken balut was 3 for a $1. and the duck egg balut is $0.75 each. One can buy it by the dozen or or singly or by 24 egg cartons. But you have to boil it yourself, I usually boil it for half an hour, let it cool down to lukewarm, crack one side, open it up , sprinkle some salt, slurp the juice, crack the egg shell and take out the fowl embryo and eat it!
            yum Yum,
            I do not know what the Vietnamese name or cambodian name or laotian name for the balut, but it is there!
            I asked before who supplies it here in the boston area, and was told that it was a jewish farmer in New jersey.

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            1. re: openonymous

              Huh, I stand corrected. Balut party at my place ;-).

              1. re: StriperGuy

                just wanted to mention that in the Manila area, balut has become a fashionable food, I mean they make in into tempura, savory balut cakes, and even balut pates

              2. re: openonymous

                I've seen it at Ming's as well, tho haven't looked recently.

              3. You can find them at the larger chinatown markets, but they are not always available. I usually see these as one of those items with a hand-written sign added to the aisles. Balut is not a Chinese term so I'm not surprised if most of the workers have no idea what you're referring to. You might try asking for it in cantonese - "ngaap jai daan" (literally means "little duck egg")

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                1. re: kobuta

                  I saw baluts at Kam Man in Quincy the last time I was there. There were a couple of teeneagres buying them to scare their pals at school.

                  1. re: kobuta

                    Balut is the filipino name for this duck egg delicacy