Oh, Balut! It’s a staple in Vietnamese and Filipino cuisines, yet many other cultures consider it a ‘bizarre food.’ I’ve always loved Balut. For those unfamiliar with the dish, it’s fertilized eggs with partially developed duck embryos. The description just adds to the ickiness for those unadventurous eaters. What they should really call it is an eggy, goodness explosion!
If you want to try Balut, it’s really important to go to a resturant that serves the dish. If they know how to pick the Balut, then you will never encourter the problems mentioned above. A perfectly cooked Balut tastes like chicken soup. You shouldn’t even be able to tell you’re smashing up a duckling with each bite.
I have found the Balut at Banh Xeo Quan to be quite consistent and delicious. They are only avaiable there on weekends for $2.50 a piece. Make sure to add herbs and some salt and pepper!
If you’re still not sure about Balut, I’d suggest ordering one and just drinking the soup and eating the yolk. You can totally just scoop out the duck and work your way up to it!