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A balut (spelled standardized as balot) is a developing duck embryo (fertilized duck egg) that is boiled and eaten in the shell. 

It originated and is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines. 

They are common food in countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam

They are often served with beer.

Fertilized duck 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 from buckets of sand (used to retain warmth) accompanied by small packets of salt.

 Uncooked balut are rarely sold in Southeast Asia. 

In the United States, Asian markets occasionally carry uncooked balut eggs. Alternatively, they can be mail-ordered. The cooking process is identical to that of hard-boiled chicken eggs, and baluts are eaten while still warm.

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