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Do any of the Filipino places in Woodside have balut? Or anywhere in NYC?

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    Don't think Ill ever be brave enough to try it.

    1. In case anyone else is interested, I read in the Daily News that Ihawan (at least the one in LIC) can procure it with advance notice.

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      Ihawan
      10-07 50th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

      1. umi nom in clinton hill bk..

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        Umi Nom
        433 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

        1. There's gotta be a bunch of places that carry balut in the neighboring boroughs, but the only place that immmediately comes to mind is Chang Li Supermarket in the Bronx. IIRC, they have both duck and chicken balut, salted and unsalted varieties. You'll have to pardon the store's appearance because they only recently doubled in size and expanded into the space next door.

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          Chang Li Supermarket
          2079 Benedict Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            So for a first timer (and on a first date), what's the best combo? Duck/chicken and salted/unsalted? And how well does it transport? Is it served warm, room temp, cold?

            1. re: Joe MacBu

              It's usually duck eggs, served warm.

          2. You can get balut at the Phil-Am Food Market. If you want it hot, I imagine the turo-turo places on Roosevelt should have them. Krystal's especially.

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            Krystal's
            69-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            Phil-Am Food Mart
            70-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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            1. re: JungMann

              Thanks JungMann. I swung by Phil-Am this afternoon. They said they get deliveries on Thursday and usually sell out by Sunday. On Thursdays, they are ~16 day-old duck embryos. I'll check on Krystal's later.

              I was advised to put the eggs in cold water, bring to a boil and them time it for 30 minutes. Serve with vinegar, hot sauce and salt. Anyone who has cooked this have any tips?

              1. re: Joe MacBu

                20-30 min. in salted water sounds about right. You don't want to overcook it or it can get a little chewy, iirc. Break the tip of the shell, peel the membrane and drink the broth before continuing to peel the egg and eat. Serve with garlic vinegar (vinegar, garlic, Thai chilies, pepper) and salt. You can also do lemon juice for sweetness.

                It's been such a long time since I've made balut, I might just take Thursday afternoon to visit Phil-Am to set myself up for a skills test.

                1. re: Joe MacBu

                  You had me thinking about balut for the past 2 weeks so I went to Phil-Am today to get their fresh balut. The grocer said they were young and indeed they were. It's been years since I've had balut, so I was prepared to recoil in horror. To a young Fil-Am, the sight of your mother eating balut is tantamount to finding out your parents are cannibals, but young balut is not the hot vit lon of my fears. The duckling was so immature I barely saw it; if I didn't know better I was just dining on the richest egg of my life, one with a hint of minerality and a sweet, absolutely savory broth. Thanks for the inspiration.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    A youngin sounds like a nice way to ease into the experience.
                    How did you prepare it?

                    1. re: Joe MacBu

                      I placed the balut in a pot of cold water and cooked for 25 minutes on the stove. Nothing but sea salt and rice vinegar to serve. Chili vinegar would've been nice, but the light adornment made it easier to discern and appreciate the flavors.

                2. re: JungMann

                  If you call Phil-Am Foods in advance, they will hold the balut for you. Ditto for the unrelated Phil Am Foods on Newark Ave in Jersey City.

                  My attempts at both stores weren't successful. I received penoy, which is a non-embryo duck egg. The broth was still good.

                  1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

                    That is an annoyance. I've done that myself; I've learned that you just need to ask in advance if you want to avoid getting penoy or the very young eggs, which I prefer to avoid.

                3. The Filipino grocery Johnny Air Mart (http://www.yelp.com/biz/johnny-air-ma...) on Ave. A, btwn 13 St. & 14 St. in Manhattan also sells it.
                  http://www.chow.com/restaurants/91658...