Balut, Philippines. Crunchy Duck Fetus for Breakfast

Balut – A Philippines ‘Deilcacy’!

Balut is a delicacy from the Philippines that most of us would find hard to stomach. And I’m not talking about the Spam Jam Restaurant either!

One of the joys of travel is trying out the different exotic foods, such as those that appear in my 52 Tips for Weird Food and Drinks. I’ve eaten all sorts of crap (maybe even literally), but even I’m not sure about trying Balut. When I think about it and look at it, it really does make me squirm a lot. But I guess you don’t really know unless you try it!

Anyway, Dave from The Longest Way Home sent this in (check out my review of his Travel Photography Book).  Balut is basically Duck Fetus that’s eaten at a certain stage of development, according to taste and how crunchy you want it…

Dave says ‘I’m attaching two photos of Balut. One in mid unpeeled state, one showing the head of the unformed duck fetus. From what I recall this was a 17 day old specimen. They come in different day classes depending on how people like the fetus to be formed. Another day and this one would be crunchy. They eat them with some chili vinegar and straight out of the shell.’

Yummo! Not! I can hear everyone who is reading this vomiting up their lunch all over the computer screen!

Balut Photos and Pictures!

Ok, so here you go – some very appetite killing Balut Photos! Make sure you clean up the computer screen after you view these! Maybe don’t read this over lunch!

And there’s more!

Now I’m feeling squeamish after checking this dodgy photos out! Urrgh!

More Balut and Philippines Stuff

I have a feeling Balut didn’t appear in this guide about the Philippines! But it probably did in How Would You Like Your Balut?

Enjoy! If you have tried this stuff, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know if it’s worth trying!

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  1. August 16, 2010    

    why don’t you try balut when you have an opportunity to go to Philippines?

    • August 16, 2010    

      I had trouble eating the cow’s nose with peanut sauce in Surabaya! And that was cooked! Eating Balut raw is making me feel sick just thinking about it!

      • Fatima Castillo Fatima Castillo
        June 11, 2013    

        You don’t eat raw.It is cooked for at least 30mins. It’s worth sampling man

  2. Danz Holandez Danz Holandez
    August 17, 2010    

    Balut! Man, I miss this.

    The secret is not to look at it when you gobble it up.

    • August 17, 2010    

      Holy crap, that sounds like the voice of experience to me! I’m still not convinced that I should try it!

  3. Joe Matthews Joe Matthews
    September 4, 2010    

    I bet it tastes like chicken! Seriously, why do most people reference new food tastes to chicken? I ate alligator (at Bass Pro Shops restaurant)once, and my remark was “tastes like spicy chicken.”

  4. July 29, 2015    

    Aww! You should’ve tried it! Better yet, you could’ve tried the “penoy” version. The one without the formed duck embryo. It basically looks like a hardboiled chicken egg, but tastes much better!

  5. July 11, 2016    

    I am a Filipino and I love Balut, with spicy vinegar and salt,my favorite street food ever! This is a famous food delicacy in the Philippines. I can still remember I let my American boyfriend eat that while while laughing behind his back.

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