For the uninitiated, balut is a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and served in the shell with a side of salt or condiment of some sort. I first had balut in a little Vietnamese restaurant in Biloxi a number of years ago. I tried it and I loved it.
Unfortunately, outside of Biloxi, it is hard to find this delicacy in the South. That is certainly true in the gastronomic armpit that is Tampa Bay. My bride and I made reservations before leaving for NYC so at the appointed time we wandered in to a rather rough looking restaurant with super friendly people.
We were promptly seated and presented with menus. I immediately requested the balut that is listed under Filipino Specialties as Ugly Duck. The diner is presented with two for $5. These two duck eggs were as I remembered, although they both seemed either too old or too over cooked. They were better in Biloxi.
My dining partner went with the Beef Pares, slowly braised beef stew in a sweet star anise sauce served with garlic rice, as her entree. The beef was fork tender with a delightful savory sauce.