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Bird’s Nest

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Ingredient Name:  Bird’s Nest

Traditional Chinese Name: yan wo (燕窝)

What is this?
  • Bird’s nest are literally the nests created by swiftlets, a small bird found throughout southeast asia
  • Swiftlet nests are composed of interwoven strands of the bird’s gummy saliva which harden when exposed to air
  • The bird’s nest are one of the most expensive animal products consumed by humans in the world
  • When cooked in water, the bird’s nest provide soups with a smooth, gelatinous quality
  • The flavour is very neutral with almost no taste and bird’s nest is commonly used in sweet soups or simply double-boiled with rock sugar as a dessert.

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak the bird’s nest for several hours or overnight in cool or room temperature water
  • For optimum results, we highly recommend double-boiling bird’s nest (instead of straight boiling)

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase from most Chinese herb shops and some Asian supermarkets

What is the cost?

  •  Bird’s nest vary greatly when it comes to cost depending on the type and grade you buy (broken or whole, clean, bloody or not cleaned, etc…). 
  • As an example, for the whole, cleaned bird’s nest (picture above), expect each piece to cost at least $10 CAD each. 

Any benefits?

  • Bird’s nest are rich in protein, calcium, iron and other nutrients
  • According to traditional chinese medicine, bird’s nest nourishes the yin, strengthens kidneys, alleviates yang, advances the spleen and moistens lungs, among others
  • In Asia, many pregnant women will consume large amounts of bird’s nest in hopes of giving their child-to-be smooth, white skin.
  • It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac

Any precautions?

  • If you have purchased unclean bird’s nest, be sure to clean thoroughly
  • Some doctors (my own included) will recommend pregnant women to eat bird’s nest sparingly
  • Consuming too much bird’s nest can adversely affect your bank account balance

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  • Not only is it a health product, bitd’s nest is also a wonderful ingredient for beauty treatment. Pretty ladies use bird’s nests to enhance their skin complexion.

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