Scrambled eggs, Sunny side-up, omelette, well this are some popular egg preparation that we actually enjoy specially during breakfast. But have you considered eating a different egg preparation? Let's say, your egg is preserved for several weeks and and will be served for you as raw!? or your egg has a fertilized embryo inside?! How about eggs that are soaked in boys urine?! Bon Appetit!
Fancy eating eggs soaked in boys urine?! Because Virgin Eggs are actually soaked in the urine of young boys from the Zhejiang Province of China. They are considered a spring delicacy in that region.
Young boys are encouraged to ‘donate’ their urine, which is collected by vendors from elementary schools in various cities. So throughout the virgin egg season, boys are encouraged to pee in plastic buckets placed outside the classroom rather than in the toilet.
Balut is the fertilized embryo of a duck. You can literally see the underdeveloped chick inside the shell if you look closely enough. Balut is a part of street food, served with cold beer. Different methods of seasoning include – salt, chili, garlic and vinegar in the Philippines, a pinch of salt, lemon juice, ground pepper and mint leaves in Vietnam, and a garnish of lime juice and ground pepper in Cambodia.
Fertilized duck eggs are kept in the warm sun in baskets, to retain the warmth. After around 9 days, the eggs are held to a light to check on the embryo inside. After another 8 days, the balut is ready to be cooked and sold. Again, preference over the age of the egg varies from region to region. In Philippines balut are kept for 17 days while vietnam it is kept for 21 days with the chick looks like a duckling.
These preserved eggs aren’t exactly a century old as its name signifies, but judging by how they look one wouldn’t be surprised if they were exactly ceuntury older. The slimy, grayish yolks and the herbal tea colored ‘egg-white’ makes these kind of food quite nauseating to even look at. And yet, the Century Eggs, also known as Preserved Egg or Thousand-Year Egg, is cbeing onsidered as a delicacy in China and some asian countries.
Century eggs are prepared by taking fresh duck, chicken or quail eggs and preserving them for several weeks in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice.