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Maalat - salted eggs?

rworange Jul 8, 2008 11:27 PM

I always thought the red eggs at Filipino markets were balut. However, recently I saw them at a farmers market with one cut in half. Sort of like looking at an accident I wanted to see the inside of a balut. Turns out they were labeled maalat. It was anti-climatic.

Anyway, how do you eat them and with what? Are they different from Chinese salted eggs?

This site has a picture of the outside and inside of these eggs.
http://learuther.blogspot.com/2007/04...

The legend of salted eggs
http://www.dumagueteinfo.com/Philippi...

A few more links
http://phili-foods.blogspot.com/2006/...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salted_d...

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  1. fmed RE: rworange Jul 9, 2008 12:32 AM

    My favorite way of eating Filipino salt eggs is a simple salted egg, tomato and slivered onion salad - drizzle with a squeeze of lemon or lime and add freshly cracked pepper. Some folks add fish sauce ("patis"). They are similar to Chinese salted eggs which can probably be used as a substitute.

    This stuff is great served with grilled meats and vegetables.

    1. Sam Fujisaka RE: rworange Jul 9, 2008 12:26 PM

      Dip in sili mashed up in calamansi juice and eat with cold San Miguel.

      1. JungMann RE: rworange Jul 10, 2008 07:44 AM

        Itlog maalat is the same as the Chinese salted egg, in fact I buy mine at the Chinese grocer. Classic way is the simple salad mentioned above, but I like to add a bit of sambal and vinegar to brighten the flavors.

        1. squingy RE: rworange Jul 10, 2008 11:38 AM

          Maalat means salty in Filipino. I usually make it with diced tomatoes, sliced shallots and eat it with cold rice or as a side dish accompanied with other dishes. I find when I buy them you can get duck, chicken or turkey eggs, try getting the duck egg ones because the yolk is much richer and better tasting imo.

          1. DezzerSF RE: rworange Jul 10, 2008 04:23 PM

            The egg white is pretty salty so it's good to have a piece of the yolk with all bites. I eat it simply with sliced tomatoes and rice. Sometimes I like it as a side dish with something not quite as salty.

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