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n. Asian street food consisting of a developing duck embryo boiled alive and eaten in the shell

Balut (food)

A balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck or chicken) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originates and is commonly sold as street-food in the Philippines. They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos (khai look ໄຂ່ລູກ in Lao), Cambodia (pong tia koun ពងទាកូន in Cambodian), Thailand (Khai Khao in Thai) and Vietnam (trứng vịt lộn or hột vịt lộn in Vietnamese). They are often served with beer. The Tagalog and Malay word balut means "wrapped".

The length of incubation before the egg is cooked is a matter of local preference, but generally ranges between 14 and 21 days.

The eating of balut is controversial due to religious, animal welfare and human health concerns.

Balut (game)

Balut is a game of dice, similar to Yahtzee. It was created by an American soldier named Edgar Woolbright stationed in the Philippines as an alternative to poker, and is a popular pastime of Danish businessmen overseas. The game is named after a delicacy made from the fetal duck egg available in some Southeast Asian countries.

The international Danish community has taken the game as a popular method of social interaction abroad and at home, with Danish expatriates/businessmen gathering to play the game monthly. Rules of the game, code of conduct including dress code are enforced by participants and by the gamemasters, and games are organized by members of the International Balut Federation, or IBF.


Balut or balot may refer to:

  • Balut (food), a boiled, fertilized egg, a popular food in parts of Asia
  • Balut (autobiography), an autobiography by Indian writer Daya Pawar
  • Balut (game), a dice game especially popular with Danish businessmen
  • Balot (comedian), an actor and comedian from the Philippines

Usage examples of "balut".

At an emergency session of the League Parliament, Iblis Ginjo grimly projected appalling new images from the colony world of Balut, which-- like Chusuk and Rhisso several years before--had recently been burned and leveled by combat robots.

You made the people of Chusuk, Rhisso, and Balut pay for your ambition.

Russie walked southeast down Zgierska Street toward the Balut Market square to buy some potatoes for his family.

More policemen roamed the Balut Market square, to keep down thievery, maintain orderand cadge what they could.

By the time he finally arrived at Salusa Secundus, Thurr had fully immersed himself in his new identity as a refugee from Balut, one of the Scourge-decimated worlds.

Salusa Secundus, Thurr had fully immersed himself in his new identity as a refugee from Balut, one of the Scourge-decimated worlds.

Still whistling, he walked down to the Balut Market square and bought a cabbage, some turnips, some parsnips, and a couple of chicken feet.