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How to Make Deep-Fried Balut Po’ Boy

duck egg balut po boy

I’ve been on a po’ boy kick for the past couple of weeks, but then I got bored of all these basic ass po’ boys. I needed that new new. So, I hit up a nearby Asian market.  As soon as I walked in, I spotted some Balut eggs. It was love at first sight. If you’re not familiar with what balut is, then you NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FIRST. Then, keep reading.

duck egg aioli

Ok, so first things first: I needed to make the aioli. Oh, and now that you know what Balut is, you know I had to keep this thing duck-themed. So I incorporated the duck egg in the aioli.  Check out the recipe.

Duck Egg Aioli

  • 2 or 3 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced.
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 duck egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • 1 table spoon of orange zest
  • a few slices of jalapeno (cause you know I gots to have  that spice)

Directions

Whisk minced garlic, pinch of sea salt (to start), and yolk until smooth. Squeeze in lemon juice. Then, while whisking by hand, pour olive oil in steady stream to emulsify. Putting a towel under the bowl during the process helps with the bowl slipping and sliding. Take a few breaks in between the process to make sure the oil is fully mixed in. Slow and steady wins the aioli — so check it before you wreck it. Once it reaches a consistency to your liking, add salt to taste and fold in the orange zest and jalapeno slices. Kept the ‘penos sliced, rather than diced cause yuh’ know I like’m cute and chunky.

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This is when things got weird….

duck egg embryo balut

To prepare these guys all you have to do is boil them like a normal chicken egg. After letting them cool, I was really hyped to try one dipped in salt and pepper, aka the traditional OG style. Once I cracked open that shell and popped the embryo sac, I saw a beak, feathers, and a set of eyes.  All I could think about was this ಥ_ಥ

tempura batter duck egg embryo

So I decided to go with what I know best and that’s to DEEP FRY ‘EM.

Tempura Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 table spoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups of soda water as cold as possible

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients and mix until smooth. A few lumps here and there is aight. The cold bubs keeps the batter fluffy, so refrigerate if you’re not going to use it right away and in-between battering.

deep fried duck egg embryo balut

I did a hood version of an at-home deep fryer by pouring a bunch of grape seed oil into a cast iron skillet (about halfway). Once the oil gets to about 375 degrees, then I’m ready to fry. Coat the ducklings evenly in the tempura batter and drop them in the deep fryer until golden brown delicious. Salt them as soon as you pull them out.

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The Holy Duck Trinity Sandwich Spread

deviled duck egg spread and duck aioli

Clockwise from top left: deviled duck embryo yolk spread – duck egg aioli – smoked paprika.

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How to Assemble

duck embryo balut po boy

Assembling the sandwich is up to you. I kept it New Orleans style simple and used iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and leftover jalapenos. You know a GlutLife recipe wouldn’t be complete without sum drank. And the best way to wash a little quack down is with a little yak of the Hennessy variety.

A special shout out goes to Glut family member Landjawz for showing us how to suck on duck eggs.

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My Cousin Left Balut (Chicken Embryo) Unrefrigerated, Then His Lunch Literally Hatched

balut-hatched

You’ve probably heard of balut by now. Through whispered hush hush voices or on a cheesy rerun of Fear Factor. For those of you not in know of what wiki so bemusedly calls “haute cuisine,” balut is a common streetfood in the Philippines, serving up boiled developing duck or chicken embryo still in its shell.

Also, stop making that face. It looks like you’re taking a shit.

So while stores in North America cook balut before it even hits the shelves, it’s typical for vendors in Asia to keep them warm so the embryo grows just before feathers and beak form. This brings up a common question: Can balut hatch? Again, if you see balut at a market in the US — usually no, since they’re cooked. For eggs to hatch, they must be incubated at a consistent temperature long enough for the egg to be fully developed. Most say that the chances of any vendor keeping this optimal temperature constant is close to zilch — since the eggs are taken out of incubation prior to being sold.

Yet, on the sly chance that one duck egg — or several — slips through the cracks? This happens:

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While visiting my cousin Matthew in Toronto last week, he showed me a video of 30 balut eggs his family bought from a local supermarket and left by the fridge. Soon, however, they hatched and were hopping about his living room.

 

And they just kept hatching…

 

… and hatching.

 

Just. Fucking. Adorable.

 

Then we made breakfast.

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Just kidding! The last one is just regular ol’ eggs. Couldn’t help myself.