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Eating Hot Vit Lon (Vietnamese Fetal Duck Egg) in Hanoi.

When I was in Hanoi earlier this year, there were 3 things that I was determined to eat; Bahn My (Vietnamese sandwich), Bahn My Pate Thit (Vietnamese sandwich with pate) and Hot Vit Lon (Vietnamese fetal duck eggs).

I am glad to say I managed to eat all 3 of them and more. The most interesting experience was of course eating the barely formed duck still encased in its egg.

The eggs are quite easy to find on the streets of Hanoi, especially where food is common. I spotted the stall I bought my egg from not long after walking down a road near my hotel.

After I ate my egg and continued walking, I spotted many more stalls selling Hot Vit Lon.

# – Lady boss cracking the egg.

# – Dropped it into a bowl.

# – Then served it to me along with fresh herbs and seasonings.

# – The partially formed baby duck.

# – Then I ate it.

The best way to describe the taste…it was like eating a large egg-yolk with bits of marrow and bits of gelatinous parts. The partially formed beaks, bones and hair were very mildly crunchy, kind of like eating really soft cartilage.

It was quite tasty really with seasonings and fresh herbs. Like eating an enhanced egg. I would eat it again.

In fact, they should do the same thing to chicken eggs here to be honest.

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13 Responses to Eating Hot Vit Lon (Vietnamese Fetal Duck Egg) in Hanoi.

  1. Kelly June 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Must say it’s intriguing but I don’t think I’d ever have to courage to try. But Banh Mi? Give me anytime! :)

  2. KY June 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    am i the only person who’d agree this would be tasty? I wanna try it!

  3. Anonymous June 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Be ready for angry comments from animal loving individuals

    • Kimberlycun June 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      honestly, don’t see the difference between eating a full grown duck and eating this.

      • Kelly June 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

        Or the eggs (which mind you, has the potential to become full grown duck).

  4. sully86 June 8, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    kim: Wow it looks yummy. This will be on my bucket list then..

  5. Elaine June 12, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    was the crunchy bits disturbing to bite into? I would be a little too freaked to try it haha

  6. Juan June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    oh ini blog english kamu ya, saya pon ada blog english juga, tujuan mahu improve english saya seperti kamu yg mahu improve bahasa melayu kamu, hehehe

  7. some guy June 14, 2012 at 5:38 am #



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