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Here's What to Know About the Trending 'Grilled Balut'

May 11th, 2023 | Share via:

Balut is a popular street food in the Philippines, and so is the recent trending Grilled Balut! 

The Philippines has so many unique and delightful food – from exotic eats, seafood, to classic Filipino dishes! And among the most popular street food that is only found in the Philippines is – Balut! ‘Balut’ is a popular street food in the Philippines that even foreigners find this signature Filipino food unique. 

Well if you’ve heard of balut, then you have surely also heard of this new food trend – the grilled balut.

Balut or fertilized duck egg is prepared by boiling or steaming for around 20 minutes. After steaming or boiling, you can then eat the balut that’s cracked open on top, and consume its contents, including the partially-formed duck embryo inside. 

Grilled balut is exactly what it sounds like: the balut eggs are grilled over an open flame until the egg white and yolk are ready to eat, while the duck embryo inside remains intact. This cooking method gives the balut a smoky flavor that gives balut a different taste that many people find appealing. 

The trend has become so popular that it can now be found in many street food stalls across the Philippines such as in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, and in some parts of Manila, and you will know why the grilled balut is trending when you taste it yourself for as low as PhP25.00. Many people enjoy the grilled balut as a quick and affordable snack to enjoy while on-the-go. The rising trend of the grilled balut has led to it be more available in the streets and more street vendors selling them. With this being said, street food vendors all over the Philippines see the growing popularity of grilled balut as a chance to provide an inexpensive treat to everyone.

While some may find the idea of eating a partially-formed duck embryo unappetizing, it is important to understand the cultural significance of balut in the Philippines. In Filipino culture, balut is often considered a comfort food and is known to have many health benefits. It is believed to be high in protein and is often consumed by pregnant women to help with fetal development. In addition to its health benefits, balut is one of the elements of the Filipino identity and culture. It has been featured in many Filipino films and television shows, and is a staple food in many traditional Filipino celebrations and festivals.

Despite its ongoing popularity, there has been some controversy surrounding the consumption of balut, particularly by Westerners who find the practice inhumane. However, it is important to remember that cultural practices and beliefs are often deeply ingrained and respected within specific communities. Balut may not be for everyone, but it is a significant part of Filipino culture and cuisine.

The recent trend of grilled balut in the Philippines is a testament to the versatility and uniqueness of traditional Filipino cuisine. Balut is part of the significant food culture here in the Philippines

Filipino culture should be appreciated as such. Whether grilled or boiled, balut will always hold a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of Filipinos everywhere, and we bet you agree, too!