- Crack the top of the egg carefully, making sure not to spill the liquid.
- Sip the broth from the egg (many believe this is the best part of Balut).
- Carefully remove the rest of the shell and study in awe (seasoning may also be added; salt, vinegar, and/or chili are common).
- Enjoy (everything can be eaten, except the egg white which is often rather cartilaginous)
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Philippine Cuisine - Balut
The Philippines' colorful history has led to the development of a unique cuisine, influenced by China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, and America. With a broad variety of dishes ranging from kare-kare to fish balls, balut is probably the most infamous Filipino dish and definitely not one for the faint hearted (I guess I should say the faint stomached). Many foodies rank this at the top of the most disgusting dishes on the planet, but I personally enjoyed it. It looks rather harmless at first, but you can't always read an egg by its shell.