Balut in Thailand, are you kidding?But why are these baluts refrigerated? No, they're not from the Philippines! They're from Aranya Pratit, in the border of Thailand and Cambodia. So we refrigerate them to preserve them longer as their source is quite far. So you may ask how much each costs? It used to be sold at only 20 baht (70 cents) for 3 pieces but now due to many Filipinos who have discovered it and hoarding it, the price has now been increased to 8 baht per piece. Balut is 6-19 day-old chick in an incubated duck egg known for its nutritional value. It is said to be an energy-booster food and is good for those who have been sick of dengue to increase the blood platelets.
In Thailand, balut is called khai luuk.I wonder though why it's not produced and sold here in Bangkok where there are a lot of Filipinos as number one customers. Producers and sellers, anyone? A great business opportunity awaits as the number of Pinoys here is growing. However, most Bangkokians I've asked never heard about it. Probably, it's produced in Cambodia that's why it's sold in the border.