Chinese people eat bird's nest

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Bird's nest soup is one of the most famous but also most controversial delicacies in Chinese cuisine. Many people are willing to spend a small fortune on this soup as they believe that eating the bird's nest soup will help them keep the last of their youth, as well as have a long healthy life and strong body. It is believed that one solution to this is to eat a bowl of bird's nest soup.

But the nutritional truth is if you want bird nest soup to work it's magic, you have to eat this soup regularly.

Just having a small bowl of bird's nest soup won't bring back your youth or a long life for you. Some bird nest feeders say a regular diet of 10 grams per day is necessary.

Edible bird nests are made from the salvia of edible nest cords and the saliva is produced by the glands under the tongue. Swiftlets are small birds that are usually found in Southeast Asia. The Swiftlift lives in dark caves and, like bats, uses echolocation to move. Instead of twigs and straw, the Swiftlet forms its nest from strands of its own gum saliva, which hardens in the air.

This is where the controversy comes in. Swiftlets are an endangered species and the more nests that are eaten, the closer to extinction swiflets are. I've seen bird's nest soup in restaurants and I wasn't interested in trying it in person, but it's definitely popular. Swiftlet is particularly at risk in areas such as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

There are also places like Dazhou Island and Hainan where the Chinese government has banned the harvesting of bird nests as swiftlets are almost extinct in these places.

In many places, for example Malaysia and Thailand, people have started growing the diapers in order to collect their bird nests. These farms use empty houses as swiftlet houses.

Some of the processes involved in harvesting nests are extremely dangerous. The nest collector usually uses a very narrow, wobbly, and long wooden ladder that they climb on to reach the nests, which are usually at the top of caves. Many nest collectors have lost their lives as a result.

Chinese people began to eat bird's nest soup during the Ming Dynasty, and some stories assume that Zhen He (鄭 和), a Chinese explorer, diplomat, and naval admiral, was the first person in Chinese history to eat bird's nest soup.

There are different types of bird nests that are red, yellow, and white. The red bird's nest is known in Chinese as the "blood-red bird's nest" (血 燕). The red bird's nest is the rarest. Some people believe that the blood-red bird's nest is made by the swiflet's blood, but that's not at all true. The bottom of the bird's nest turns "blood-red" due to different diets and contains more mineral and other types of diet.

The bird's nest doesn't really have much flavor, and the texture is a bit like soft gelatin and jelly. Chinese usually cook bird's nest soup with rock sugar and serve as a sweet dessert soup. Some people prefer to cook bird's nest without rock sugar, but mix it with some warm milk.

The cooking process is extremely critical for cooking bird nests. Cooking in a microwave or cooking on a stove will have lost all flavor as well as lose some of its nutritional values. The common way to cook bird's nest soup is to steam it slowly and gently after soaking it in water.

According to the website: swiftletfarming. org, In 2010, 1kg of raw bird nest sold for around US $ 1000- US $ 1500 while processed bird nest sold at a much higher price. 1kg costs between $ 3000-7000. A small bowl of bird's nest soup in Hong Kong costs $ 30 to $ 100. That is why people called the bird's nest soup "Eastern Caviar".

Edited by Liv Wan