Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Would you eat duck embryo for a better sex life, or a hangover cure? Balut, the Philippines’ favourite street food, is believed to do both

Once considered an affordable poor man’s meal, balut is thought to have been introduced to the Philippines by Chinese traders in the late 16th century

Topic |   Origins series
Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Steamed peanuts and white boiled eggs are available on a native bamboo tray with a measuring cup, in the late afternoon in the Philippines. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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