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Embryos are edible... and at any age in Cambodia. Young embryos are cooked or fried; older "poan tia kon" (balut, in the Philippines) are hard-boiled, and devoured any time, anywhere, with a touch of pepper, salt, chilli, lime juice, garlic, and some herbs. The oldest ones, with partially-developed feathers, are often dipped in a batter and deep-fried.
Duck embryos are a super-popular snack food in both urban and rural communities, and are often sold at fruit shake and local dessert stalls.
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