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18 December 2010

Authentic Bird Nest - Indonesia

Guess what's this bunch of dirty thinggy?

Hint : Saliva

Yes! It's Birdnest!
Aunthentic Birdnest!

The Chinese name for bird's nest soup, yàn wō (燕窝),
translates literally as "swallow's nest".
When dissolved in water,
the birds' nests have a gelatinous texture used for soup or sweet tong sui.
source: wikipedia

Dad breed swiftlet.
So we get to eat birdnest often and it's for FREE =P
Hahaha not free actually,
to build a place and to attract those swiftlet need money and luck =)

This is a video of how bird-nest looks like and how it was harvested.

Mum was filtering it.
It wasn't easy!
Thanks mummy!

We're eating bird saliva.
Why so happy?

Eating swiftlet nest material is believed to
1. Help maintain skin tone
2. Balance qi ("life energy")
3. Reinforce the immune system.

It is also believed to strengthen the lungs and prevent coughs,
improve the constitution and prolong life.

The nutritional value of 100 g of dry nest includes;

49.9 g of water-soluble protein
(including amido nitrogen, monoamine nitrogen, non-amino nitrogen,
arginine, humin, histidine, lysine and cysteine),
30.6 g carbohydrate (glycoprotein and mucin),
4.9 g iron,
2.5 g inorganic salt
(including potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,
phosphorus, silica and other trace elements)
1.4 g fiber

Dictionary of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
The History of Chinese Medicine and the Nutrition Table.

I told you, I am a princess when I am back to Indonesia.

You want some saliva? lol

According to mum current market price for bird nest is
100g = S$ 250
1kg = S$ 2500 !!

Woah..I hope dad can get 10kg every month.
So I can get an Hermes bag very soon

Meanwhile, there's another kind of birdnest.
It is the red-coloured “blood bird nest”
It is specially prized because they are formed by swiftlets
which vomit their blood to build the nest.

There is also a belief that the “blood bird nest” was form
by a different species of swiftlet
which consumes different kinds of water and food.

Contrary to these beliefs, swiftlets do not vomit blood,
neither do they consume different kinds of water and food.
Bird's nests acting like a sponge.
They absorb the chemical element from the environment
such as iron from the walls, dirty waters and poisons.
Hence, “blood bird nest” may be harmful rather than beneficial to humans.

Some dishonest vendors even apply red dye to their bird’s nests
in order to fetch higher prices.
So, play it safe – choose only pure bird’s nest!
Source : Google

I was curious about it so I googled.
This is how blood bird nest looks like.

Hm...a bit disgusting.
Human is funny.
Eating saliva is EYWWww...enough!
and now blood saliva =_="

Anyway, my sis have different opinion.
I don't know where she got the information from.
She said, swiftlet vomit blood because,
some unethical human, harvest their nest when it's still active!
(active as in the bird is still living inside)
So, when they come back home,
they are sad because their house has gone missing !
and so they vomit blood
The way she explained was a bit funny. might be real.

I don't know..!
Anyone care to share? I am really curious.
Google has too many sources.
And each sources have different information hm..
What's the FACT behind blood bird nest?
FML. I think, I can't sleep tonight. LoL


  1. I like the vomit blood part better than the dirty water etc.. I feel better.

  2. I like the vomit blood part better than the dirty water etc.. I feel better.

  3. i've been drinking bird nest soup every night (i only get the homemade kind back at home). the only reason why i drink it is because it's supposed to be good for complexion.

    i’ve been taking the store-bought kind online (e.g. of famous branded only of course) which is directly mailed from Hong Kong. this would be at a more affordable price.


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