Philippines Hangover Cure: Balut Egg

The balut egg, a traditional Filipino hangover cure is a poached fertilized duck embryo. The egg contains cysteine, a substance that breaks down hangover toxins in the liver.

Video: Filipino Balut

Hungover in the Philippines? Try balut, a hard-boiled fertilized duck egg.

Filipino Balut

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Hungover in the Philippines? Try balut, a hard-boiled fertilized duck egg.

 

The balut egg may look like something you’ve seen on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern -- this traditional Filipino hangover cure is a poached fertilized duck embryo. The egg contains cysteine, a substance that breaks down toxins in the liver, so you can trust that it’ll help your hangover.

Recipe

Ingredients

Balut Egg

Instructions

To prepare a balut egg, you take a developing duck embryo and boil it alive.

First, the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg. Then, the shell is peeled, and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg may be consumed.

In the Philippines, balut eaters prefer salt and/or a chili, garlic and vinegar mixture to season their eggs.

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