Edible Bird’s Nest – Sumptuous cuisine, nutrient-rich and on top of the menu
Edible Bird’s Nest has become a darling to all food lovers in Asian countries. Malaysia has turned out to be a hot supplier of these nests, consumed by Chinese for over hundred years.
Edible Bird’s Nest, originally a cuisine from China, has emerged as most favored and appetizing food item in Malaysia. Regarded as expensive and costly over other animal products, Bird’s Nests have been a part of Chinese cooking for over 400 years and continues to spread its aroma over all Asian countries. In China, it is mostly consumed in the form of soup known as ‘Swiftlet Nest’, English for Chinese term ‘yan wo’. Bird’s nests are built by a rare species of cave swiftlets through saliva, which gives distinct look and flavor to this soup. The nests are well-known for giving glutinous texture to the soup when dissolved in water.
Due to its splendid essence and rejuvenating effects, Edible Bird’s Nest has become a food item on top of the menu in Malaysia. Consumers go all gaga over its amazing texture and want to stuff themselves with the ancient delicacy.
Boon for human health
Bird’s nests from White-nest Swiftlet and the Black-nest Swiftlet are found and harvested in large numbers. Edible Bird’s Nest is not only sumptuous but also healthy in nature. Nests from White-nest Swiftlet and cave nests are considered to be rich in nutrients and have been proved very advantageous for several health problems. Nests have iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium in high quantity. It is believed to cure several health hazards ranging from bad digestion, asthma and other respiratory problems, improving vision and uncountable benefits to the immune system.
Traditionally, Edible Bird’s Nests were harvested from limestone caves at Gomantong and Niah in Borneo but as demand escalated the sources of these nests have been supplanted to various locations in late 1990s. As of now, the houses of these little swiftlets are found near the sea in urban Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, where the flock of these birds breed.
Due to its growing demand in Asian nations, imports of Bird’s Nests have significantly soared in the recent times. Hong Kong, China and United States are the largest importer of Bird’s Nests. If we talk about the price of Bird’s Nests in various countries, a bowl of bird’s nest soup in Hong Kong will cost you $30 USD to $100 USD. White nests and red nests will cost up to $2,000 USD and $10,000 USD respectively. Consumption of Asian consumers, alone accounts at average net selling of $2,500 per kilogram.