Iloilo street food guide: "Balut and penoy" Top 5 Page for this destination Iloilo City Restaurant Tip by Tijavi

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  Penoys have pencil markings
by Tijavi

If you missed that balut in Manila, fret not, Ilonggos love their balut, too! This is perhaps for the most adventurous, and probably the food that makes Philippine cuisine famous, or rather, infamous.

Balut is boiled duck embryo - that says it all. It's the ultimate test when it comes to exotic Philippine food, but just try, you might acquire a taste for it.

Personally, I love my balut, but I prefer those which are just a few days older - no beaks, no feathers!

If balut is too gross for you, try the safer version, penoy, which is basically boiled duck egg - no fun at all. On balut stands, penoys are distinguished from the balut by the pencil marking around the egg.

Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 10, 2008
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