The Dish: Filipino Home Baking & Grocery’s Balut ($1.29 each)

What It Is: A duck egg with a visible 16- to 21-day-old embryo inside—wings, beak, and all. A good balut has four parts: the white, the yolk, the amniotic fluid, and the embryo itself. At Filipino Home Baking & Grocery, the eggs are sold fresh and need to be simmered for 25 to 30 minutes before eating.

What It Tastes Like: Better than it looks—kind of like a hard-boiled egg, but wetter. The baby duck is nearly gelatinous, and after 30 minutes of cooking, your house will smell like sulfur and chicken soup.

History of the Dish: We’ll never know who first thought to eat balut, but it’s now a common street food in the Philip
pines and parts of Southeast Asia, seasoned with a little salt or soy sauce, and washed down with an ice-cold brew. Despite its creepy appearance, balut is more nutritious than any chicken egg and high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Some even consider it an aphrodisiac.

How to Eat It: Crack the shell, peel it back, slurp the liquid, then take a bite. Beer chaser optional.

Filipino Home Baking & Grocery
11222 Triangle Lane
Wheaton, MD
(301) 942-2800

This article was previously published in the Washington City Paper.

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