Dare Complete: Eating a Fertilized Duck Egg (Balut) in Vietnam

Vietnam; Anthony Bourdain calls it the place where everything is used – and nothing wasted in terms of food. That said, I thought it’d be fun to ask Twitter “what’s the craziest thing I could eat in Vietnam? Someone please dare me and I’ll film it.” I hadn’t done much research and didn’t know what to expect. @DohaMike replies and said I should eat Balut and included a Wikipedia link. A fertilized duck egg.

A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.

Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines. They are common, everyday food in some other countries in Southeast Asia, such as in Laos and Thailand (where it is called Khai Luk), Cambodia (Pong tea khon in Cambodian),[1] and Vietnam (Trứng vịt lộn or Hột vịt lộn in Vietnamese). They are often served with beer. Wikipedia Link

I was surprised how easy it was to find in the city of Hoi An. I didn’t have to ask anyone where it was sold. On a small table on the side of the road, there was a group of teenagers holding eggs enjoying their meals. I knew exactly what it was.

It really didn’t taste all that bad. It tasted much like a normal hard boiled egg but it was a bit more crunchy sometimes yet soft.

Have a dare for me? Comment below on what you think I should try next!

Michael Tieso

Michael Tieso travels around the world writing, photographing, and filming his adventures. He is the Editor-in-chief of Art of Adventuring.

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