Sunday, February 26, 2012

''Balut'' Uniquely Filipino?

Balut is a term meaning '' wrapped''. Is a fertilized duck egg boilled and is a popular street food snack here in the Philippines. The best way to get balut for the first time is to go to Pateros. A town that specializes in Balutan, it got its name from  the tagalog word ''Pato'' meaning duck and pateros means duck raisers. Balut is so popular that you can get it everywhere. Peddled in the streets or you can even get it in malls served in the form of Kwek Kwek (fried duck eggs covered in yellow breading). Balut is popular here and in south east asian country like  Laos , Cambodia and Vietnam. The most common way to eat balut is to crack it open and eat it in the shell, just add a pinch of salt and vinegar and eat it. It is also a popular food for '' pulutan'' or  finger food , eaten with beer or any alcoholic beverage. What made balut so popular? because its cheap and it is easy to make and is packed with protein. Grab yourself a balut?

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