Baluuuuut ! ! and Champorado

Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

I just put my email folder on sweep- to- zero mode once a day, at exactly 12 midnight.  I just don’t have  time to read blogs anymore.  At most , I can read 20 a day, and that’s it. I work from 12:30 PM to 9 PM, sometimes beyond that, and that’s okay because I get paid double an hour.  I once called myself the Goddess of Insomnia.  Cassie, my blog buddy, can attest to that.  It’d be 6 AM at Harrisburg, and 3 AM here in California, but we  always got to chat at that unholy hour,  and that was almost everyday.  Three hours of sleep was enough for me. But then, real time in my real life  has   abruptly changed my biological ‘clock.  Nowadays,  I can barely open my eyes at 10 PM.  Drinking a cup of strong coffee doesn’t work on me anymore.  To make the  story short,  I’m sorry if I don’t get to read your posts . I try to catch up on my off days (  Tuesday and Saturday, or any scheduled days in a week…. they vary ) .

 

With that off my chest…….

 

I promised I’d talk about a Filipino delicacy called Balut  and chocolate rice  called Champorado.

 

Balut is a delicacy in the Philippines. According to Wiki, it is a partially fertilized duck embryo, incubated for 14 to 21 days , boiled or steamed , and eaten from the shell, like  hard boiled egg.  It does taste like hard – boiled egg, except that,  we get to see the duck embryo , the beak, eyes, etc.  I know, it’s gross.  My Mom and I had eaten it once when we were there in 2014, out of curiosity. My dad said he had eaten  it maybe 6 times, and only when he was drunk. ^_^   Balut eggs are usually sold at night, and I can understand why.  But, contrary to what is bandied around , i.e., that it is a Filipino  staple food……. well, it isn’t.  Only few Filipinos like  to eat balut, (usually the menfolks), and they  are actually hard to find.   The only source of this delicacy is a place near Manila (the capital city )  called Pateros ( I assume from the Filipino term for duck, which is ” pato” , and pateros  means  duck raisers. ) Balut became infamous when it was used as a scary thing on the TV show Fear Factor.  I’m a bit annoyed at that. I mean, the contestants dealt with snakes, cockroaches,   etc,  and then , balut was lumped together with these agrhcjkf ! ( I have snake phobia, and I’m not saying this lightly ) .  I mean, really ?????  Balut is that scary ?  *  Help me out here, Andy ! ! !  *   Andy is another blogger  who visited the Philippines  2 months ago, and had eaten lots of baluts ,  and liked them , too. * Tell them, Andy. *  It just tastes like hard-boiled egg, but with natural broth inside.  Okay, the problem is , I don’t like to eat it, either. The sensation of eating a duck fetus  kind of grosses me out.  I salute you, Andy.

 

Oy ! !  ” runs off ”

 

About Champorado…….

 

It’s just rice cooked with chocolate.  It’s a very hearty Philippine snack, and breakfast food.  Hey, what can go wrong with chocolate, yeah ?  Have you eaten chocolate rice cereals ?   Champorado tastes something like chocolate rice cereals with milk.   I eat this at breakfast , like , 3x a week.

 

I’ll just give you the recipe.  Guys, try this, specially at winter time.  Hot champorado is  delicious, and so easy to make ! !

 

You can use sweet sticky rice ( or if not available, regular rice ).  Cook the rice normally. Water is added , and amount depends on how you like the champorado,  very liquidy or a bit thick. Normal    water/rice proportion is 1 is to 1, right ? In Champorado, add about 4 or 5 cups of water,  boil , them simmer, then , when the rice is almost cooked, add cocoa powder ( Nestle or whatever …… in the Philippines, pure , unprocessed  cocoa they call tablea, which is in solid form , is very much preferred ), then cook some more while stirring.  Then add sugar, to taste. Or, you can add sugar in your  bowl.  Note : Never add sugar before the rice is fully cooked.   In your bowl of champorado, add sugar to taste and MILK ! ! !  (   Evaporated milk is preferred, or Half and Half )   Kids will like this, I hope.

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Pure, unprocessed  cocoa in the Philippines is called  tablea .  I saw this product at the Filipino store …….expensive , so Nestle is fine.  But this tablea is the preferred chocolate for Filipino traditional hot chocolate beverage drink………. superior taste than regular hot chocolate drink. I had this  in the Philippines… it is thick, and has that smoky flavor, and Filipinos in olden times drink this with churros, or pan de sal (  like mini French bread ,which is dunked into the hot cocoa drink..)

 

 

800 words……. This is all for now.  Thank you for reading.

 

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82 responses to this post.

  1. I had balut once in the Philippines as part of a Chief Petty Officer initiation(hazing). Not for me!

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    • Ha ha ! Eating balut is part of hazing ? LOL

      Yep, not for me , either. The sensation of the embryo in my mouth is just….. When I had one, I closed my eyes, and ate it in one go, then drank Coke. Oh, man.

      To be honest, the taste is not bad. Really. o_O

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  2. I don’t think that Balut will be on the menu at Animecon today, but who knows Champorado might be 😊 I’ve never heard of these before, but that’s the cool thing about blogging, you learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing these 😀

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    • I heard Philippine restaurants here in the US are now offering this delicacy for the curious, mainly. It’s not in the menu in any restaurants in the Philippines.

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  3. omg. We cannot bring ourselves to try Balut!

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    • LOL ! I closed my eyes when I ate it…. in one go. I barely chewed it….. the sensation in my mouth is …… aaaargh.

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      • But is the beak formed yet and if so, is it hard?

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        • Actually, the * cough * embryo is very soft…… with the beak and all. And , to be fair, it actually tastes good. I mean, its just hard boiled egg, ha ha ha Aesthetically, though………

          Try it…. ^_____^ “

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          • Oh it will be a psychological barrier!

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            • I think balut is a hang-over delicacy. When men get together for a drink, someone will bring balut, according to my father. But not always, of course. Balut is actually hard to find. Its not sold in groceries. They have to look for the ambulant vendor who sells balut at night, maybe at a corner street.

              Just like that Blood soup, dinuguan, you have to be psychologically prepared to eat it. Haha !

  4. I like the soup inside the balut but the not the embryo part.

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  5. No apologies needed regarding reading blogs . . . life first, then blogs.

    As for the delicacies . . . you and I have a different understanding of the meaning of the word “delicacy.”

    I will not be trying any hard-boiled embryos anytime soon.

    As for the rice dish . . . I lost my taste for sweetened cooked rice in my youth when it too often was a meal (rice cooked in milk and sweetened, more toward soup than risotto). I like rice well enough, but not sweetened.

    My favorite rice dish is mushroom or vegetable risotto . . . no, wait . . . it’s a tie with risotto con ossibuchi.

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    • The sweetened rice soup is rice gruel, usually given to kids when they’re sick… no sugar is added, just a bit of salt. Or, chicken soup, cooked with rice.

      Ha ha…. the word delicacy doesn’t apply to balut, that’s for sure. He he Good one, disperser !

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  6. I can relate to the struggles of keeping up with blogs. My job recently changed so I finish work at 6pm. By the time I do shopping, get home and eat I only have a few hours free before bedtime. Needless to say my inbox get clogged with notifications 😦

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    • I get home at 9: 15 PM. After eating and doing my nightly routine, I try reading a few blogs, but I can’t go past 11 PM. Although, believe it or not, its now 3 AM right now. I guess 2 cups of strong black coffee worked tonight.

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  7. Champorado…hot cocoa, malagkit rice and coconut cream…yummy!

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  8. Not particularly into food making – but did appreciate your honesty in your opening remarks about blogging. We can only do what we can do. Have a nice day – and a nice sleep!

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    • Thank you !

      I tend to multitask. I do some household chore, take a break to read about 5 blogs, then do another thing. That’s how I get by.

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  9. *Runs after Renx with a balu egg* OY!! get back here!! this one’s still got feathers!!!! It’s like eating a boiled egg, with all the tastes cranked up 900 times lol! Indeed, I am absolutely in love with it and could eat more still, Heck I even use salt instead of the vinegar just because I enjoy the soup that comes with it inside 😀

    I didn’t have Champorado this time ’round but I am most definitely going back to try 😉

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    • Normally, just a pinch of salt is added….. didn’t try it with a vinegar.

      So do you think eating a balut is at Fear Factor’s level ? Or is it at the level of having 4 snakes slither all over you ?

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      • Snakes are actually okay because they are more scared of you than you of them, but to consume something that was about to be born? heh! you got that guilt element with the fear 😁😁

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        • * shivers, trembles, cringes * I can’t even look at pictures of snakes. I once dreamt of snakes slithering towards me….. it was my worst nightmare, EVER. I was screaming ” Wake me up, wake me up ! ” in my dream. There was a picture of snakes in my Biology book in middle school. I wanted to rip off the page, but of course I couldn’t, so I just covered it up with Scotch tape.

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          • lol! if you had ripped up the page because of the photo of the snake 😄

            They are fascinating creatures, I once felt the bottom of a boa and the way they propel themselves? quite amazing ☺️

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        • Snakes okay ? Tell that to a cobra or rattlesnake. Wahahahaha.

          Ooooh, wait, Andy. My father said he and his buddy went to this place the Taiwanese ( my father and his friend went to Taiwan ) call snake alley. they saw raw snake blood ( straight from live snake ) being poured into a drinking glass, and I think they mix it with alcohol. It’s supposed to be an aphrosidiac. If I had to choose…… it’d be a dozen baluts, hands down. You’ve been to Taiwan, right ? Snake Alley is supposed to be a tourist attraction.

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          • There’s a chance that I’ll go to Taiwan in February! I’m so totally taking Glai with me to that then! haha! I imagine that the blood came from a non venomous snake hum!

            I’d love to meet a rattlesnake, so cool that tail thing they do heh!

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    • You can cook champorado at home, Andy. Try it and let me know how it tastes.

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  10. Champorado looks and sounds delicious! Never seen it before!

    Balut is something I’m familiar with – they sell it at the markets here in Texas, but also our church sends a mission team to Cambodia every year, and it’s kind of a right of passage for them to eat balut. Some love it and some just can’t do it haha, but I’m definitely up for it!

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    • Chocolate puffed rice cereals , and milk. That’s exactly the taste, champorado ‘s sweetness is according to taste.

      What ? They sell it in Texas ?

      I don’t know how they cook it in Cambodia.

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  11. No matter what…get your rest!

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    • Thank you. My new job has altered my lifestyle and new responsibilities have descended upon me, lol. I can say it’s a new phase in my life.

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  12. Nope nope will not touch Balut! A co-worker ate that at work. The people who were with him on break went screaming from the crew room! 😂
    It is funny, when we were kids we complained we couldn’t stay up late now that we are adults we can’t wait to be asleep!!😂
    I hope you find some sleep and get some rest! 😊

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  13. Gave balut to my husband as a dare while he was visiting the Philippines. He said it looks scary but didn’t taste as bad as others would describe.

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    • That’s, oh, so true. I myself didn’t like what I saw inside, but, it didn’t taste as bad as its reputation……. in fact, it tasted good. It tasted better than hard boiled egg . It’s savory.

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      • He said so.. maybe next time it would be dinuguan and isaw. The only thing he said he won’t try is the shrimp paste. 😆

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        • Thumbs up to hubby ! Yay ! Are you and husband non- Filipinos or, do you have Filipino ancestry ?

          The shrimp paste……. that’s another one. It’s a very Southeast Asian ingredient. Thais and Malaysians use a lot of shrimp paste in their dishes. Your hubby doesn’t have to eat shrimp paste as is ( it’s very salty ) but should eat a dish that has the paste as a main ingredient , like ” pakbet “, a veggie dish from Northern part of the Philippines.

          It really is an acquired taste.

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          • I am a Filipino.. he is German. The thing is.. even if the food is really yummy, like pakbet, any trace of shrimp paste will make his tastebuds resist. Haha.

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            • That’s what they say, he he. My former bro-in-law ( my sister’s ex) didn’t like liver….. but then we had lechon, so of course there was the liver gravy….. he liked the gravy very much and asked us what it was ….. we told him that was mashed up liver , and told him as well that the main ingredient in Caldereta which was his favorite dish was liver ( liver spread ) Ha ha ha . It changed his mind.

            • Ah~!!! hahaha. I did introduce sisig to my husband that way. He said he has not tasted anything like that as a beer partner. I told him what it was made of, and he said… ah, it is delicious anyway. 🙂

            • Ha ! You see ? He he he * ears , cheeks, snout, etc. I wonder if you’re hubby will eat it again.

              Some can’t even eat oxtail. lol

            • He said I should learn how to cook it! Haha.

            • Sisig is a hang-over dish.

  14. Truly yummy pinoy food, I remember eating balot when I was in grade school, I dislike it, i promise not to try it again. But come my teen years during a drinking spree, i was coerced to try it again, Beer pressure, oops, peer pressure, i ate a lot. 🙂

    Now i enjoy eating it from time to time during my street wandering escapades, lol.

    And champorado is a must have for me during my grade school years.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Nice to relive some memories.

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  15. I am an adventurous eater, and I love duck, but even I will pass on duck fetus.
    Champorado — Something to do with leftover rice, maybe? Sounds yummy. I feel like I’ve had this before…

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    • The fried rice is basically a left-over rice. For Champrado, I guess you can use left-over rice, just cook it again and add water, then , go ahead and add cocoa powder, amount depends on you, ( I like it very chocolatey, so I add a lot ), then go ahead and add sugar to your taste… then add milk into the bowl of champorado. It’s comfort food.

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  16. You’re doing better with blogs than me! Both reading and writing them! I really need to get mine sorted out…

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  17. Hi Dearest Frnd,
    Hope you are very good and smart as always you are..!
    Always missing your presence..!
    Tahir

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  18. I always love your blog. You are such a charming and engaging person that it is a delight to connect with your thoughts. Hope life is being kind to you 🙂

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  19. I never tried balut, in my whole life and I probably never will even when I see them every night as I get off a jeepney and walk to my dorm here at the downtown of Cebu. My late dad told me that baluts aren’t for kids when I was a kid because they could make us deaf and as a child I was very obedient I actually took his words and never tried it. Also balut looks weird and it just doesn’t look tasty to me.

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  20. Try eating Champorado with Tuyo (Dried Fish). Partners in crime. Ha! Well, Balut is also being sold in the streets. Tried buying from the vendor one time and eat inside our house with lights on but it grossed me out. Haha! But when I eat it at dark street alley with light posts only, I enjoyed them. Haha!

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  21. Thank You for this. I had two wrong ideas about balut. One that I thought it’s chicken egg. Two I thought it’s raw and not boiled.
    And I should try Champorado.

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    • Try champorado ! ! It’s good , and filling and what can go wrong with chocolate. It’s like eating chocolate coated puffed rice. Add milk , of course.

      I tried balut already, and it actually tasted good….. that is, if you go past the mental barrier, ha ha ha. I didn’t want to see the embryo, so I closed my eyes before eating it.

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      • Balut! You are brave. Perhaps I will also do that, when I become brave.
        Champorado I will try.
        And I really want to try Buco Pie. Really liked it when we were in Philippines 😊

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