Really, for as much of an event as everyone makes it out to be they really aren’t that bad. I would actually say mine were good.
I’ve read the traditional way to eat balut is to crack the top and drink the juice. And so I did, I was ready for the worst but instead was met with a mild yolk flavor. – Good so far.
-The white is unsurprisingly like any egg white, save for one really hard piece at the top. I still ate that, prob my least favorite part- but not bad.
-The yolk, tastes like any other duck yolk, which is to say like most any yolk, which is to say awesome.
Then there’s the little fella himself. Kind of cute right? You can see he started to develop wings, and feet – you can see feathers but I didn’t notice them while eating. The bones and beak were are so soft that there was only an ever so slight resistance if any at all. And the taste?
My favorite part. It’s not foie, but it’s savory, slightly gamey, and undeniably ducky. Add a touch of gourmet finishing salts, and I can see why this is a delicacy in some parts of the world.
I did manage to pull some nutrition information, seems heavy, but considering you’re getting an entire duck with your egg – it’s not a bad deal!
While I enjoyed these, I don’t think I’ll find myself craving them like I do century eggs…and I don’t think century balut is something even I want to try. My next go might be an omelet, or my roommates Easter basket. I’ll update accordingly.