Bird’s nest in the Chinese kitchens


I really got to have that bird’s nest soup in the near future as I am even having dreams of it. It’s funny how the thought and crave for the soup come about one evening after dinner and after a cheesecake cone ice-cream. But somehow that soup is more than just a bowl of soup, there are endearing moments when mom would wake us up in the middle of our sleep, all my siblings and I would then each be given a bowl of freshly brewed, carefully picked and cleaned bird’s nest soup. Back in the times when we were not given the luxury to turn on the air-conditioner since global warming wasn’t as bad as it is now, we were actually treated to such expensive taste as a bird’s nest soup every other week if not almost every week. And try imagining drinking the piping hot, rock sugar sweetened soup with the cool air blowing at you, that was indeed an heavenly experience!

Just what is the bird’s nest soup? For those who know little about the Chinese cuisine, it actually comes from the saliva nests of the birds in places such as Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. This may sound nauseous to some, but try sipping a tiny spoon of this delicacy and you will be totally taken in by its fragrant and smooth texture. You can actually get these soups or drinks off the shelves of the super markets and many Chinese pharmacies do carry the varied brands of bird’s nest soup. For those who want to pay less to just try it, you can have a bowl of “cheap” bird’s nest soup on the streets of Thailand or some say you can find them also in Hong Kong, only that they may not be “authentic” at all. Then also, you will find the can drinks of bird’s nest which are actually made of what we call the grass jelly and not the real thing. In any case, the bird’s nest’s craze is understandable especially among the ladies since it is believed to have aesthetic values. And in the Chinese classical novel, The Dreams of the Red Mansion, the protagonist Lin Daiyu has enjoyed so much of these in her regular diet to curb her cough and to boost her health or “qi” (energy). Interview or ask any of the Asian female artistes, or even male artistes and you will sure know how the soup does work wonders on them. It may well do more on your looks than the miracle water that claims to work on your complexion when applied on externally.

So bird’s nest soup I definitely must have, and I am going to share it with mom to thank her for all the picking and cleaning of the raw product to make a bowl of one of the most treasured Chinese delicacies.


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