You can never truly experience pinoy culture without trying the infamous exotic delicacy of Filipino cuisine called Balut.
Balut is a fertilized duck or chicken embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein. Balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold at night as street food in the Philippines.
The Balut is mostly eaten with a pinch of salt but some prefer to eat it with chili or vinegar to compliment it. The contents of the Balut are savored for their balance of textures and flavors; the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg are consumed.
Recently, Balut have entered a higher cuisine by being served as appetizers in restaurants: cooked adobo style, fried in omelets or even used as filling in baked pastries.
Balut is also best eaten with the consumption of beer.