Maalat - salted eggs?
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.
The legend of salted eggs
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.
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.