Balut or Fetal Duck Egg – Eat Best Food in Can Tho
Balut or Fetal Duck Egg – Eat Best Food in Can Tho

Balut or Fetal Duck eggs or duck seeds is a dish made from duck eggs when the embryo has developed into shape. Fetal Duck eggs are one of the popular snacks in Vietnam … and are considered a nutritious dish.

By Thomas Vietnam at | All Best Foods & Restaurants in Can Tho

Fetal Duck eggs or duck seeds is a dish made from duck eggs when the embryo has developed into shape.

1. Better to Know as a Food Lover

Find them: Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho city.

Best time: Dusk-Dawn

Don’t miss: Laksa leaves, salt and pepper

Local’s pick: Tran Van Hoai Go Noodle soup restaurant

Tourist’s pick: To Nhu restaurant, Hien Hau restaurant, De Tham Street Eat Zone…


Facts: Fetal duck eggs are sold on the street, or at street corners, small food stalls. This dish is also popular in a number of other Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan, the Philippines and Cambodia, although the preparation is slightly different.

2. Better to Know Fetal Duck Egg

Balut or Fetal Duck Egg – Eat Best Food in Can Tho

Fetal duck eggs are a food with high nutritional value, helping to improve health, this is also a popular snack that is loved by many people.

In Oriental medicine, fetal duck eggs have the effect of cultivating yin, nourishing blood, benefiting the mind, and helping the body to grow. As for Western medicine, fetal duck eggs contain many high-value nutritional ingredients such as: protein, lipid, calcium, phosphorus, cholesterol, vitamins… This is a dish that contains a lot of healthy nutrients. However, how to eat and who should not eat, not everyone knows. Here are some notes when using duck eggs:

Do not eat in the evening

In one fetal duck egg, there are up to 182 kcal of energy, 13.6 grams of protein, 12.4 grams of lipids, 82 mg of calcium, 212 grams of phosphorus and 600 mg of cholesterol. In addition, there are a lot of beta carotene, vitamins of groups A, B, C, iron… Therefore, fetal duck eggs are considered as a remedy for blood and intelligence, helping the body to recover quickly. dress.

However, fetal duck eggs are difficult to digest due to their high protein and cholesterol content. Therefore, avoiding eating in the evening will cause discomfort, bloating, and harm to the digestive system. The most suitable time to eat this dish is in the morning, but do not eat too often and eat a lot at once.

Only eat 2 duck eggs per week

Children under 5 years old should not eat too many fetal duck eggs because their digestive systems are not yet fully developed, which can easily lead to bloating, digestive disorders, and bad health effects.

Children aged 5 years and older should only eat half a fruit at a time, 1-2 times a week is enough. Eating scrambled eggs regularly also causes excess vitamin A to cause yellowing of the skin, peeling of the epidermis, affecting the formation of bones, making children develop incompletely.

In addition, obese people, the elderly, patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and heart disease also need to limit eating this dish. For healthy adults, it is best to eat only 2 fetal duck eggs per week.

Why should you eat it with ginger, laksa leaves?

Fetal duck eggs are often eaten with Ginger and laksa leaves. This is a harmonious combination that brings balance to the body with laksa leaves, ginger has a pungent taste, warm properties, a warming effect on the abdomen, anti-flatulence, antiseptic, and soldering iron. Therefore, they are effective against cold stomach, flatulence and slow digestion. The appropriate amount of seasoning for a maximum of two eggs at a time is about 5g of sliced ​​fresh ginger, 5g of fresh laksa leaves. Note, for pregnant women, when eating duck eggs, they should not eat a lot of laksa leaves and ginger will cause heat and can cause miscarriage.

People with gout should not eat duck eggs. For those who use duck eggs to improve their long-term health, it is necessary to limit the intake of cattle and poultry livers… or take vitamin A drugs with a concentration of more than 1,000UI. Duck eggs must be washed and boiled before use. It is best not to use boiled fetal duck eggs overnight, because the nutrients in them will produce harmful bacteria that affect health.

3. Fetal Duck Egg in Can Tho

Each region has a different way of enjoying fetal duck eggs. In Hanoi, the egg is removed from the shell and immediately placed in a small bowl (without using a cup), rolled up with a spoon, and eaten normally. In the South of Vietnam, boiled eggs are placed on a small tray, the big end of the egg is facing up, then just peeled at the top, then eaten with accompanying spices. This is also a very popular drink in the South. In Da Nang, the seasoning part is also different from other places. People often make sweet and sour fish sauce and papaya, add spicy and hot substances such as laksa leaves, chili peppers, ginger to reduce the fishy taste of eggs. In Can Tho, in addition to common spices, people also eat duck eggs with sweet and sour foods made from carrots and radishes. Coming to Can Tho City, when visiting at night, please enjoy this dish of roasted duck to feel a typical culinary feature at night on small alleys.

Western tourists and those who see duck eggs for the first time are often afraid and do not dare to eat duck eggs. The reason is probably because the image of the duck is clear in all parts, the wings make them so scared that this dish often appears in the courage challenge program Fear Factor (TV program that people like to watch). Participants also had to eat ground worms and the like. In addition, the duck seed also appears twice in Survivor: Palau, once in Survivor: China.

4. How to Make Fetal Duck Egg

The way to boil an egg seems to be simple, but if you don’t pay attention to the time, it is very wasteful as well as making the eggs tough, the residue, the cracked eggshell makes the water seep in, making the dish not as delicious as possible.

Meal: 3

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


6 duck eggs

1 piece of fresh ginger

1 handful of laksa leaves




Preliminary processing of laksa leaves and ginger

Pickled laksa leaves, remove the root, wash and drain.

Peel the ginger, slice it thinly, and then slice it.

How to boil duck eggs

Rinse thoroughly the fetal duck egg if necessary, then add the eggs to the pot. Pour in a large amount of water, twice the height of the egg.

Turn on the stove, put on high heat. When the soup boils, lower it and boil for 15 minutes (from the time the water boils) then turn off the stove for another 5 minutes to enjoy.

Boiling time for eggs is 15 minutes

Time to boil duck eggs is 15 minutes to boil and 5 minutes to braise. This is just enough time for the duck eggs to cook completely without being dry, the pulp, the egg juice inside is as sweet as possible.

This time is 5 times longer than boiled eggs (3 minutes).

5. Pro tips:

Here are our tips for easing your mind (and stomach) around food-handling environments that you may not be used to.

Make sure the food is freshly cooked. If you’re eating hot street food, it’s always safest (not to mention more delicious) to eat food you can see being cooked to order.

Look for lines and busy stalls. Busy street food stalls are an indicator of popularity, and their high turnover rate means the food is never sitting out for hours and developing dreaded bacteria. Yes, long lines can be discouraging when you’re hungry after a full day of exploring, but it’s not worth the risk of grabbing precooked food from the empty spot next door.

Eat when the locals are eating. The last and most important element here is when to eat. You’re likely already on a weird eating schedule while you’re traveling, but it’s important to try and adjust to the eating times of where you are. A bowl of pho might be lunch for Americans, but it’s breakfast for the Vietnamese. This ensures that you’re eating freshly cooked food and that you can find the best and most popular places to eat.

If you can’t drink the water, then you can’t eat the salad. Most people get so hung up on not drinking the water or skipping ice in drinks that they don’t think about all of the other ways in which water is used in food service. Fruits and vegetables tend to be washed with tap water in most places, rather than the filtered water that locals drink—or sometimes it’s not washed at all. If you’re really craving some produce, try fruits you can peel or cooked veggies.

Trust your gut. If you’re unsure about the food or the way that it’s being prepared, then keep moving. Eating street food all over the world doesn’t make you an expert. Every stall and every country are different, and sometimes the rules can be harder to follow. When something doesn’t look, smell, or feel right, don’t eat it! Trust your judgment. Chances are that there’s another spot close by that’s making something more delicious.

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Can Tho: Co Ut’s Cong cakeUt Dzach Fine Rice VermicelliThanh Van Grilled Pork SausageCrab Noodle Soup At Floating MarketScorched Rice with Caramelized Fish Sauce7-Toi’s Duck Meat PancakeBanh Mi ThuyBanana Blossom SaladFried Spring RollsFresh Spring RollsFetal duck egg (balut)Honeycomb CakeMini Sticky Rice CakeCassava Silkworm CakeGrilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky RiceKhmer-style Bun Goi Da SoupEgg CoffeeCon Son Grilled Snakehead FishBun Mam – Fermented Fish Noodle SoupLau Mam – Fermented Fish HotpotGrilled Snails with PepperMagenta Sticky Rice CakeDuck cooked with Fermented TofuRice Noodle PizzaVegetarian Noodle SoupSnails Stuffed With Pork

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Chau Doc: Chau Doc Fish Noodle SoupSugar Palm FruitBasa Fish Hot PotMam (Fermented fish)Phu Huong Beef Noodle Soup, Broken Rice with Pork Chop, Long Xuyen Broken RiceNui Cam PancakeO Thum’s Chicken Grilled with Lime LeavesStir-fried Shrimp with Sesbania FlowerSweet & Sour Soup with Siamese Mud Carp Soup & Sesbania FlowerCaramelized & Braised CatfishGrilled Rice-field Rat with Salt and Chili

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Soc Trang: Pia CakeCong Cake (Banh Cong)Bun Nuoc Leo Soc Trang’s Noodle SoupSoc Trang’s Bun Goi Da SoupDuck Noodle Soup with black PepperCurry Noodle SoupGrilled Beef on TileKhmer-style Tube CakeKhmer-style Mung Bean Cake (Banh In)Dried Radish (Xa Bau)Stir-Fried Noodles with Seafood (Mi Sua)Soc Trang’s Green Rice Flakes

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ben Tre: Phu Le Rice WineBen Tre’s Coconut CandyFlat BananaCoconut RiceSnail PancakeSea Snail with Coconut MilkCoconut WormYoung Coconut Salad with Shrimp & PorkSon Doc Puff Rice Paper

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Cai Be: Puffed Rice Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Vinh Long: Elephant Ear Fish (fried giant gourami)

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in My Tho: Fried Sticky RiceSnakehead Fish Rice PorridgeHu Tieu My Tho (Noodle Soup)Coconut Banana Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Tra Vinh: Macapuno CoconutBun Nuoc Leo Tra Vinh’s Noodle SoupTra Cuon’s Sticky Rice Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Sadec: Sa Dec Noodle SoupSadec Crab HotpotLai Vung Spring RollsSa Giang Shrimp Puff PastryLai Vung Tangerine

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Bac Lieu: Spicy Beef Noodle SoupBac Lieu’s Three-striped CrabWhite Radish PiesBac Lieu Thick Noodles & Creamy Coconut MilkBon Bon Pickles

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ca Mau: Banh tam ga cay (Silkworm rice cake with curried chicken)Grilled Vop clams with salt and pepperGrilled Mudskipper FishStone Crab Roast With SaltYoung Bee SaladNam Can’s CrabU Minh Forest’s HoneyU Minh’s Fermented Fish Hotpot

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Hau Giang: Cau Duc PineappleCai Tac’s Pork Organs PorridgeHau Giang’s Bronze Featherback Fish Cake

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Ha Tien: Herring Fish SaladSpider crab cake soupKen Noodle soupXoi Xiem (Siamese sticky rice)Steamed Noodle soupHa Tien Oyster porridge

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Rach Gia: Stir Noodle SoupKien Giang Fish Noodle Soup

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Con Dao: Bang nut jamVu Nang SnailRoasted Pork Bread (Banh Mi)Coconut Ice Cream

Must-Eat Foods & Restaurants in Phu Quoc: Phu Quoc Sim WinePhu Quoc PepperPhu Quoc fish sauce

Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!

“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.

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