Today while window shopping in Kuala Lumpur’s Sungei Wang Plaza in Bukit Bintang area, I was drawn to a shop selling Bird’s Nest. Curious about why there is a shop for Bird’s Nest I went closer and saw the price starting at RM 1500 (USD 380) for a Kilogram, wow!. That’s expensive. On Googling, I learned it is Edible Bird’s Nest and some exquisite varieties even cost USD 800.
Each is a small white cup-like nest made by a bird called Swiftlet from its saliva and harvested for human consumption. Yes, you can eat it. Chinese eat it and consider it to have high nutritional value and exquisite flavour. You can eat it in the form of soup or biscuits. Eating Birds Nest is believed to have medicinal benefits including nourishing lungs & kidneys, stoping cough, cures asthma, improves thinking, slows ageing, nourishes skin & reduces wrinkles and even improves cardiac function & reducing blood pressure. Sounds certainly like a miracle cure.
Needless to say, I didn’t buy the nest or tasted it as I am a vegetarian!