6 Balut Dishes in Manila That You’re Probably Too Chicken To Try


Or should we say duck?

We all know balut. In technical terms, it’s the developing duck embryo, boiled, and eaten directly from the shell. This exotic delicacy can usually be found being sold by street vendors, but due to its novelty and uniqueness, a lot of restaurants have incorporated the controversial duck fetus into their menu. Instead of just serving it as is, they’ve gotten creative, played with ingredients, and made a few tweaks, making balut even more appealing and intriguing to the palate. Maybe it’s a trick to make more people eat the infamous delicacy?

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Balut cooked with crab fat, balut in sisig form, or deep-fried with tempura batter – this will surely be an unforgettable experience for all.

Balut Tempura – Marison’s

Marison’s is a home-grown restaurant in Antipolo that offers a modern interpretation of Filipino comfort food without any shortcuts.

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2/F Vista Mall Antipolo Bldg., 1 M.L. Quezon Ave. Ext. A.C, Antipolo
(02) 964-8766

Balut and Chicharon – Agimat Bar

Currently by reservation only, Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen offers Filipino craft cocktails and cuisine. This is their first branch in the Metro. They’ve added a layer of sophistication to Balut and Chicharon, a humble street food consider by many as ‘pantawid gutom’ – meals that workers partake to soothe hunger pangs

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2/F 5972 Alfonso cor. Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati

Balut Tempura – Empacho

Empacho is a restaurant and bar that serves modern comforting Filipino chows like lechon belly, bagnet crispy pata, and more. Their tempura-battered balut with micro arugula salad and salted egg aioli is a must-try!

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2/F unit 201 170 Tomas Morato Avenue cor Don Roces Ave, Sacred Heart, Quezon City
(0917) 467-1816

Balut in Red Wine Sauce – Chef Arch’s Lime 88

Chef Arch’s Lime is a popular night spot serving ‘street food na pinasosyal’, or simply put, classy street food.  The Balut in Red Wine Sauce is a must-try!

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160 San Rafael St., Plainview, Mandaluyong

Balut Tempura – Cave

Cave is a casual bar and restaurant around Tomas Morato. With classic menu staples like pizza, pasta, steak, and spirits, they also offer dishes like alique prawns, baked oysters, and balut tempura.

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Sct. Dr. Lazcano Street near Tomas Morato, Laging Handa, Quezon City
(0933) 866-3962

Sizzling Balut – Doss Pares

Doss Pares from Buendia Food by the Court serves traditional Filipino fares such as beef pares, grilled squid, balut, and more.

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Buendia Food by the Court Located along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave & Bautista Street, Makati

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