I have never eaten a baby duck egg all these years. When I was a little kid in Laos, my parents thought I was too young to eat such a thing. By the time we were living in the refugee camps in Thailand, I was allowed to eat a few baby chicken eggs. Of course, I only ate the yolk part of it with sticky rice and sweet and sour sauce.
When we moved to U.S.A, I became a vegetarian for many years. While the rest of my family members were treating themselves to tasty baby duck eggs occasionally, the only thing I did was watch them in horror. Mind you, these eggs contain a fetal baby duck!
Since I am no longer a vegan, my mother and my siblings thought it would be cool for me to try some baby duck eggs during my visit back home last month. We went to the Kansas City Market one Saturday and bought a dozen baby duck eggs, also known as Balut at the Vietnamese grocery store named China Town.
I ate two of the baby duck eggs but only the yolk part. These baby ducks are quite young, with no visible feathers, eyes, and claws. Some people like the duck eggs when they are a bit older. In Chef Vienne’s words:
…the ducklings are better when they are grown a little and have unsightly hairs, but that just adds to the flavour.
Baby Duck Eggs straight from the boiling pot, ready to be devoured.
My first baby duck egg. It was yummy!
Here is the baby duck starting to show sign of development.
Do you want to try the whole thing?
Take a closer look at that baby duck egg
The day before I left for the Netherlands, my mother bought two dozen baby chicken eggs. I tried two of them but I like the bigger baby duck eggs.