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Balut - Not Your Ordinary Boiled Egg

Updated on November 26, 2012

Pinoy Balut

Believe it or not, balut is famous not just here in the Philippines but also in the neighboring Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Hawaii, Laos and also Vietnam. It’s a Filipino food served in many provinces all over the country especially in the streets and markets. It is believed to be healthy for the heart as well as to those who have weak knees. Aside from that, it is also rich in proteins.

Balut is actually an egg of duck with a half-developed embryo inside the shell that has an age which ranges from 15 up to 18 days old. It is usually incubated in an improvised incubator basket that is approximately 45 centimeters wide and 60 centimeters deep.

Like chicken eggs, duck eggs are excellent sources of nutrients. They are loaded with high quality proteins, and micronutrients. The vitamins and minerals that are found in substantial amounts in duck eggs include vitamins A, D, B6 and B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and iron.

Unfortunately, duck egg is also rich in cholesterol. While chicken egg contains 213 mg of cholesterol, duck egg contains more than 250 mg of cholesterol. That’s a lot if you consider that experts recommend that normal adults ingest no more than 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day.

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How to Make Balut

If you’re wondering how the balut is made, read the below information:

Here’s how to make balut:

1. Choose the eggs that have ages equal or less than five days old and have no cracks. These eggs are suitable for incubation.
2. Arrange the eggs on a sack and let them be under the sun for about 3 to 5 hours.
3. Under 42o to 42.5o Celsius, heat a big container that contains unpolished rice. That rice should then be put into the bottom of an incubator basket/container.
4. A number of eggs that ranges from 100 up to 125 should then be placed into a big abaca cloth and will then be alternated with the unpolished heated rice. Note: An estimate of 8 bags will be filled in each incubator basket.
5. Monitor the eggs from time to time and rotate the eggs thrice each day.
6. Do not forget to heat the rice twice a day: in the morning and afternoon.
7. Candle the eggs during the following days: 7th day, 14th day, 18th day. And remove the infertile eggs.
8. The remaining candled eggs will then be boiled and sold as balut.


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