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?
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.
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)."
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!
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.
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")
We buy them at the asian market in downtown lynn next to mittheap. They don't always have them. I usually ask for "baby duck/chicken in the egg" and they know what I mean. We also see them at super 88 in malden on rare occasions, kam man in quincy most always has them on saturday mornings. just a tip.. I find the chicken ones a little more palatable and chewier. The duck ones make me cringe when I hit the beak or foot... blah.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. No luck yet. I have been to the Super 88s in Malden and Dorchester, as well as Kam Man. They knew what I was talking about at the dot location, but said they didn't carry them. Kam Man......well I gotta be honest, I am a little scared to go back. My buddy and I saw a small package of duck eggs with a few eggs cracked. When we investigated further, we discovered that some of these cracked eggs were filled with maggots (yum). I was tempted to get some goat meat and fresh fish, but at that point I was a bit turned off. Anyone have the scoop on the oysters they have there? Those things looked a hell of a lot bigger than any oyster I have ever shucked. Anyway, maybe I will go back on a Saturday morning. Any reason why they have them at that specific time?