Balut named worst egg dish in the world, tortang talong is 7th best

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Photo courtesy: Marko Ferek/TasteAtlas website

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) – Two popular egg-based Filipino delicacies have landed on different lists published by TasteAltas.

Balut made it to number one in the food travel website's top 10 list of worst egg dishes in the world.

TasteAtlas described balut as "a duck egg that has been hard-boiled, fertilized, and incubated. Traditionally, the cooked embryo is consumed straight from the shell. It is considered an aphrodisiac that is commonly paired with a cold beer on the side."

Typically sold in street stalls, balut has also been turned into sophisticated dishes by upscale restaurants.

Despite its international popularity, TasteAtlas categorized balut as a "poor man's meal" in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, tortang talong occupied the seventh spot in TasteAtlas' 10 best egg dishes in the world.

"Inexpensive and quickly prepared, tortang talong can be enjoyed at any time of day as a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner," the website said.

Tortang talong is a combination of roasted eggplants and lightly beaten eggs--mixed and pan-fried for a short time before being served as a crispy omelet. Ground beef is sometimes added to give it more flavor.

Filipinos usually dip tortang talong in tomato or banana ketchup.