ULOG #010 : "Balut or Balot"

in ulog •  3 months ago

Everybody knows that to appreciate other people and places, one have to try local cuisines, dishes, delicacies and other food preparations in that particular province or country. This includes using local sediments, utensils, way of cooking and the like.

In some places, food that tastes so good for locals can be a bit "weird" in our mouth. There's nothing wrong there! At least we tasted it. Just be careful on our expressions as we don't want to be seen as rude.

Anyway, for us Filipinos, there are food in the Philippines that other nationalities might find disagreeable. In fact, even some Filipinos find it disgusting. I guess we all know what this is???

Balut or balot

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A typical balut in Manila, without an embryo.

A chicken or duck egg of 16 to 21 days old, this is half-boiled then eaten as it is or more often, dipped with vinegar or sprinkled with salt. Known by Filipinos to be very nutritious, it is also being encouraged to be eaten after giving birth.

Growing up in Northern Philippines, this delicacy was not known in the province, only when I was in college here in Manila that it was introduced to me. It's as if hearing it night after night from vendors out in the streets wasn't enough. As a street food, it's only sold at night. Maybe for those who needs it's nutrients that it can provide. In nursing school, we go out and buy anytime at night.

I suggest not to eat the white part, as it's either gummy or hard like concrete. There's no point in eating it. Just for one's information, the liquid inside tastes good. If one care to try it.

What turns people off is the formed embryo seen as one removes the shell. Although some parts in Asia also have balut, elsewhere is a NO NO. Right @osm0sis?

What I can advise is to eat balut with your eyes closed. Think you can do that? I doubt it. But no worries, we Filipinos understand if you don't.

We have other delicacies to try!

The image is mine, taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7.

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One of the most hardcore delicacy i've ever had to force myself to eat. Advice for foreigners: goes down well with a few shots of rice wine.
I did draw the line at the head though. The birdy was staring at me 😱
Would love to also see videos of you eating these crazy dishes Imma ;)

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Ahahaha must I? but no problem, let me learn to access dtube first. I can't access the darn thing.

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I never seen this before and loved read your post

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Thank you🙂😁

Balut or PENOY? Looks like PENOY... Hehehe...
Do not eat the white... (^_^)

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No, that's balut. don't like penoy, hinde masarap😁😅😃

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Masarap kaya ang PENOY... Pure yellow lang sya... Healthy... Nyahaha... Di ba less cholesterol ang yellow lang? Tama ba o mali ako? Di ako sure kasi...

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Di ko kc nagustuhan un penoy dati so i stopped buying that. Un yata yellow ang high cholesterol, need to check kuya.

Just looking at it turns my stomach @immarojas. You might get me to try Durian fruit but not that. 😱 😁

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🤣😂😃😂 you swear Gillian?
Let me take a video when you do have some durian...will need to look in London when am back😚

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Ha, ha, ha. Well I was actually picturing myself eating it in the Philipines @immarojas. Not so sure about London. It won't be so fresh! 🤣 😂 😃 😂

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Don't be so sure that it won't be fresh in London Gillian! Come with me to China Town😂😁😅😃
Don't back-out lols

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I'm not backing out @immarojas, just trying to adjust to your picture versus my own.

Exotic fruits are best eaten in exotic countries I feel. 😂 😃 😂

But China Town is indeed a possibility. 💙

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Nothing is more exotic than China Town lols
But i dig you, exotic fruit in an exotic country is the best with matching palm trees. We'll have those for sure, it might help the taste of durian😂😍😃

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it might help the taste of durian

That was my thinking exactly @immarojas 😂😍😂

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Yeah...let's keep our hope high with that Gillian🤣😅

Internationally spelled as balut. But local kiosks spell it as ba lot 😊

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Yeah i've heard both...i guess with different accents everywhere.

I can eat the 14 days balut, if no avaialable I would rather eat penoy... today balut is expensive ranges from 18-20 pesos per piece

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Can't distinguish un 14 days to the 16-21 days...more often than not, there's embryo with what we usually buy. P15 lang dito kuya. 2 balut a day is enough.

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yung 16 days kasi minsan meron ng mga balahibo... yung 14 days mahirap hanapin yun sa mga binebenta.. minsan out of 50 meron 4 lng dun.. most 16 na.. yung 20 katakot kainin meron ng mga veins.. hehehe

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Natakot sa veins..ako buhok ahahaha
Will look for 14 days old nga.

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hahaha... nakakita na kasi ako niyan... mapula pula parang katakot kainin tsaka mabalibo na.. hehehe

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Pumikit nga kuya noh haha, bring on thos 16 days old! with san miguel!

Well that looks interesting... I wonder how would it taste....

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To someone who have not tried it before, probably weird.