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It's So Hot in the Philippines Now You Can Fry an Egg Out in the Sun-Literally

This couple did.
IMAGE LUIS GRATERO/UNSPLASH, FACEBOOK/CECILE BALTASAR
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Here at Esquire, we write just about anything that’s interesting under the sun. Take this story about a couple based in Laguna, Philippines who cooked an egg—literally under the sun. 

We saw the social media post of photographer Winston Baltasar about his wife Cecile frying an egg under the heat of the Laguna sun “malasado” (soft-boiled) sunny side up style. The story was first shared by GMA News.

In her post, the Cecile narrated how they started cooking the egg at a minute past 12 noon by placing a frying pan with some cooking oil on it under the blazing sun. Cecile made sure to shoo away curious dogs sniffing around the pan and that there was no shadow blocking the sun’s rays.

An hour later, the egg white was already translucent and by 3 p.m., the sunny side up egg was done. 

“Welcome to the Philippines, where sunlight can get so harsh, it can literally cook an egg,” Cecile said in the post.

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At temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, you can actually cook eggs on a hot pavement if it has already absorbed enough heat from the sun. But who wants to eat pavement-cooked eggs?

Some people have tried cooking eggs over tin foil and the sun’s rays reflect back the heat into the egg, but that would actually take longer. In Cecile’s case, the pan’s dark color absorbed the sun’s heat with enough intensity to eventually fry the egg.

We weren’t able to ask Winston or Cecile how hot the pan actually was, but for an egg to coagulate from its liquid state to semi-solid form, the pan needs to be at least 62 to 65 degrees Celsius.

Aside from running their own photography studio, the Baltasars also run a cellphone photography fan page. Winston loves to encourage and give its close to 9,000 strong members tips on how to maximize the use of their smartphones. You can check out their Facebook page here.

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