Friday, June 21, 2013

orange egg barbecue

(a.k.a. egg barbecue in Ilocano [Cauayan City, Isabela])
I found this orange egg barbecue on display and ready for grilling on a roadside food stall in Cauayan, Isabela while on food hunting one evening last March 2013


orange egg barbecue (o-rens eg bar-bek-kyu; Ilocano [Cauayan City, Isabela] and Ibanag delicacy)  [n.] hard boiled orange-colored eggs in barbecue stick

The chicken eggs or duck eggs are hard-boiled, shelled, and then soaked and boiled briefly in achuete water. If achuete water is not available, what is used is water tinted with yellow-orange food coloring.
When I passed by the public market of Alicia, Isabela I found these bags of bugok na itlog itik (rotten duck eggs). The eggs are already shelled, colored orange, hard boiled, and all ready for skewering into egg barbecue and grilling.
Grilling the orange egg barbecue on a roadside food stall in Cauayan, Isabela while food hunting one evening last March 2013

The tinted eggs are then skewered in bamboo barbecue stick and grilled till eggs are heated. Egg barbecue is served with a dipping of spiced vinegar. 


Grilling orange egg barbecue on intensely hot live charcoal in Cauayan, Isabela. This was my evening snack last March 2013
 
There are at least four kinds of egg barbecue depending on the kind of egg used:
  • fresh egg barbecue - using hard-boiled fresh chicken egg
  • binugok egg barbecue - using the shelled hard-boiled binugok egg or chicken egg that remained unfertilized after undergoing incubation period
  • penoy egg barbecue - using the shelled hard-boiled penoy egg (duck egg that remained unfertilized after undergoing the incubation period)
  • balut egg barbecue - using the shelled hard-boiled balut eggs

Cross section of orange egg barbecue served in sukang Iloko.  Also in the dipping bowl is pork barbecue
These pieces of egg barbecue in the public market of Alicia, Isabela are coated with breadcrumbs. They have to be deep-fried  with the bamboo stick before grilling.  The grilling is actually done to reheat the fried skewered orange eggs. Most often, grilling is skipped for those who cannot wait to bite.

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