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Jan 5, 2011 05:35 PM

Balut [moved from Home Cooking board]

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haven't moved on to balut yet?

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  1. My sister and I were just talking about that the other day. It is one of the few things I can say I would have a difficult time eating. Have you tried it?

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    1. re: chefathome

      Nope. They are available at the checkout counter of the pan-ethnic produce stand that I frequent, but I haven't had the 'guts' to buy one.

      1. re: paulj

        I have read about them many times and have seen them on TV but have yet to see them in person.

      2. re: chefathome

        I'd always planned on meeting Sam in the Philipines, drinking a lot and then having balut. Not sure I'm up to it without him :(

      3. Can you cook with balut eggs? It would seem the embrotic chicken would ruin a meringue. I don't believe they are used in cooking, only to be slurped down raw.

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        1. re: rworange

          You can't use balut the way you would use an unfertilized egg. You might be able to scramble penoy, since the embryo is underdeveloped and therefore there will still be plenty of yolk and white, but as the embryo matures into balut, the yolk will shrink and the egg will develop a mineral flavor somewhat akin to liver. The whites are also a little tougher. As for slurping down raw balut, I've only done that once and completely accidentally. Not a pleasant experience.

          As for the eggs I use for cooking: quails for hors d'oeuvres, fresh duck eggs for custards and salted duck eggs for salads and pastries. I've been meaning to make emu Scotch eggs for quite some time as well.

          1. re: JungMann

            Ok, I was trying to redirect the conversation from a subtopic about balut ... extensively covered in other threads on the board. However, curiosity got the best of me ... how does one 'accidentally" slurp down a balut egg'

            A Scotch emu egg sounds interesting, but it has got to be a difficult thing to do.

            1. re: rworange

              I thought it was cooked when I bought it. When I cracked the top and tried to slurp out the juice, I inadvertently slurped up the whole mucusy mess that was in the egg and ran to the nearest trash bin to spit it out. Balut may not be for the faint of heart, but raw balut is definitely not for anybody.

              1. re: JungMann

                Edit: Oops ... mistaken ... balut is cooked. Photos and details on Wiki

                Heavens, there is even a photo of pan fried balut on Wiki. I had no idea there were other preps of balut other than slurping from the shell.

                It seems upscale Filipino restaurants have gone balut "In the Philippines, balut have recently entered haute cuisine by being served as appetizers in restaurants: cooked adobo style, fried in omelettes or even used as filling in baked pastries. "

                I'm hoping that doesn't becaome a food trend in the US.

                1. re: rworange

                  I'm pretty sure there's no 'slurping' involved with balut but rather 'biting'. This is not a poached egg.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I'm glad this got separated off into its own topic, since I didn't want to continue the discussion that was straying off the other topic, but I was curious about balut after learning there were different preps in the wiki article. And to prove no one follows links, the link I provided above didn't work. Here's a good link to the wiki entry

                    Anyway, people in past post always mentioned slurping and wiki says

                    " the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten."

                    Yeah, I'm not ready for balut, even drunk. Just reading that gives me involuntary shivers.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Even after the egg has been cooked, there is a thin liquid that remains separate from the embryo. One slurps that before getting to the meat of the egg.

                      I should mention that although balut is not uncommon in the Philippines, it's not everyday eats. A lot of Filipinos also shudder at the eggs -- even within my own family, only a few people will eat it.

                      1. re: JungMann

                        I've rarely met a Filipino (only here in the US) who DOES eat it. One man told me that 'yes, I eat it but not the chicken' so thatmust be the 'slurp.'

              2. re: JungMann

                Could you tell my how to make balut from Emu eggs? I was going to buy some until I realized that the incubation time would be different and everything!

            2. I have to first master how to cook wind eggs (or yolkless eggs) first.

              1. Ethnic is the word.


                Silk Worms

                Chicken Feet/Goose Feet.

                In my home town people appreciate 'Wissund' roasted cows teats. (Hi anyone from the West Riding of Yorkshire)

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                1. re: Naguere

                  I'm not sure I understand your post. Ethnic? Chicken feet? Could you connect the dots for me regarding these and balut? And what's that a picture of? It looks great.