September 6, 2013

Cravings for Balot and Penoy

Stall in "Balutan", Sta. Maria, Bulacan
Last Wednesday, I suddenly crave for penoy and balot so I bought in one of known place that sell it. However, it was still raw and needs to be cooked in boiling water with a bit of salt for 30 minutes. This place is even known to be called as “Balutan” rather than the name of the barangay.

They sell penoy for 5 pesos each and balot for 8.50 pesos each. Comparing with the selling price of 15 for balot and 10 for penoy, mas mura diba? I bought 10 pieces penoy and 2 pieces balut for only 67 pesos. Here it is after cooking and best paired with spiced vinegar:
Balot and Penoy
Ever wonder how they distinguish penoy from balot? Circular marking denotes penoy-tuyo (boiled egg-like when cooked) while a line denotes penoy-sabaw (seems to be balot but no sisiw). No markings for balot on the other hand.

I offered Matt some penoy but he refused and say: “Ayaw ko ng egg, may duck yan. Wawa naman ung duck.”

Do you eat balot and penoy too?