This might not be a common thing elsewhere, but here in Africa, when we slaughter a hen that has been laying (or which was about to start laying), we normally keep any forming eggs inside of it, cook and serve these with the rest of the chicken.

Now, I'm looking for a way to describe such eggs, when they are served, typically, with the chicken broth. Checkout the bit I'm writing:

And it wasn’t just the plate, I had been given two small bowls as well; one holding the chicken broth that had flattered my imagination, long before it was ever served; the other held two generous pieces of chicken, and one small, premature egg.

Does the phrasing and choice of words sound right or could I have used a better word to describe that peculiar kind of egg?

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    People from western cultures unfamiliar with this culinary practice might think premature meant fertilized but not developed fully into a chick, rather than not yet laid. So perhaps "unlaid egg". Compare books.google.com/…
    – TimR
    Feb 23, 2016 at 19:52
  • Urban Dictionary mentions the Filipino word "balut". Feb 23, 2016 at 20:09
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    @TimRomano that reference is further interesting, as not only does it describe the kind of egg I'm talking of, all the different variants, from the tiny ovaries, chain of yolks, string of eggs to the "unlaid egg". I will take the later, thanks!
    – JWL
    Feb 23, 2016 at 20:11
  • You may want to ask this question on the "Seasoned Advice" Stack Exchange site for cooking questions as it seems to be about the name of a particular dish and a specific cuisine: cooking.stackexchange.com Feb 23, 2016 at 20:50

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It appears that they are referred to as immature or unlaid eggs:

  • The most popular choice for egg consumption are chicken eggs. .... Some recipes call for immature or unlaid eggs...


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    Tim suggested "unlaid eggs" first, but since you offered it as an answer, I shall accept it.
    – JWL
    Feb 23, 2016 at 20:45

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