Special Dim Sum…Balut/毛鸡
Believe it or not, this is what I met in my China trip, this time was in Fujian…
I met this special so called ‘dim sum’ while I was having my dinner along the riverbank in Zhang Zhou (漳州). I saw a lot of them called it ‘毛鸡’or balut .(Just knew it after searching thru internet that it is a very popular delicacies among South East Asia, especially in Philippines, China, Cambodia and Vietnam, but not in Malaysia!)
So, what is this balut?
A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
Egg yolk is clearly to be seen, and if you observe properly, you can see the beak of the chicken.
Fertilized duck (or chicken) eggs are kept warm in the sun and stored in baskets to retain warmth. After nine days, the eggs are held to a light to reveal the embryo inside. Approximately eight days later the balut are ready to be cooked, sold, and eaten. Vendors sell cooked balut out of buckets of sand (used to retain warmth) accompanied by small packets of salt.
If you dare, try some… While you are eating, you still can enjoy the head, beak and some parts of the chicken…….
Me? Have I tried it? No way! I just bought it for a picture… It cost about 2rmb.