Re: Chinese Soup Of Duck Blood
If you think that is disgusting wait till you see this
Partially shelled balut egg showing yolk and chick.
Underaged balut with visible chick.
Fifteen-day-old balut egg floating in a mixture of hot sauce and patis.
Balut, being eaten.
A balut is a fertilized http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines. They are common, everyday food in some other countries in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asia, such as in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos (where it is called Khai Luk), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia (Pong tea khon in Cambodian), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam (Trứng vịt lộn or Hột vịt lộn in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_language). Popularly believed to be an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. They are often served with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipino_language and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malay_language word balut (balot) means "wrapped" – depending on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronunciation.
Balut are most often eaten with a pinch of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_salt, lemon juice, plus ground pepper and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_Coriander leaves (Southern Vietnamese style), though some balut-eaters prefer chili and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinegar to complement their egg. The eggs 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. All of the contents of the egg are consumed, although the whites may remain uneaten, due to its cartilage-like toughness depending on the age of the fertilized egg. In the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines, balut have recently entered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_cuisine by being served as appetizers in restaurants: cooked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobo style, fried in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omelette or even used as filling in baked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastry.
Balut-making is native to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines. A similar preparation is known in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China as maodan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_language: 毛蛋; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin: máodàn; literally "feathered egg"), and Chinese traders and migrants are said to have brought the idea of eating fertilized duck eggs back from the Philippines. However, the knowledge and craft of balut-making has been localized by the balut-makers (magbabalut). Today, balut production has not been http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanized in favor of the traditional production by hand. Although balut are produced throughout the Philippines, balut-makers in are renowned for their careful selection and incubation of the eggs.
Fertilized duck 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand (used to retain warmth) accompanied by small packets of salt. Uncooked balut are rarely sold in Southeast Asia. In the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_cuisine markets occasionally carry uncooked balut eggs. The cooking process is identical to that of hard-boiled chicken eggs, and baluts are enjoyed while still warm.
Duck eggs that are not properly developed after nine to twelve days are sold as penoy, which look, smell and taste similar to a regular hard-boiled . In http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipino_cuisine, these are occasionally beaten and fried, similar to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrambled_eggs, and served with a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinegar dip.
The age of the egg before it can be cooked is a matter of local preference. In the Philippines, the ideal balut is 17 days old, at which point it is said to be balut sa puti ("wrapped in white"). The chick inside is not old enough to show its beak, feathers or claws and the bones are undeveloped. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam prefer their balut matured from 19 days up to 21 days, when the chick is old enough to be recognizable as a baby duck and has http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone that will be firm but tender when cooked. In Cambodia, it is eaten while it is still warm in its shell. It is served with nothing more than a little garnish, which is usually a mixture of lime juice and ground pepper.
 In Western popular media
Balut has been the "shocking" topic of some television shows because of its taboo nature in some Western cultures. In two episodes of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor:_Palau and two episodes of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor:_China, separate challenges featured attempts to eat this delicacy. Similarly, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_Factor frequently uses balut as a means of disgusting contestants. Contestants of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Race_Asia_2 had to eat 8 baluts as a team before receiving their next clue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Fighter:_Team_Nogueira_vs_Team_Mir featured balut eaten by several contestants after its introduction by a Filipino-American fighter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillipe_Nover. The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_Channel show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarre_Foods_with_Andrew_Zimmern also featured balut, where the host pronounced 18-day-old balut one of the strangest foods he'd ever eaten in his life, but far better tasting than he had expected. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zane_Lamprey, on his show http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sheets attempts to eat balut but in the end cannot bring himself to do so. The members of the rock band http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchfoot ate balut on stage at their concert in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines. Episode 28 of the Switchfoot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast shows video footage of this occurrence.