A complete introduction to the swiftlet bird nest
There are many sort of expensive foods in the modern world that are consumed not only for their highly exotic taste but also for their rich flavor and classy nature. One of the most popular of these foods is the swiftlet bird nest. This sort of edible swiftlet bird nest has been around for the human kind since a long time. One of the earliest records of these edible nests has been found in China and that too about 400 years ago. These are very popular among the Chinese people and lately their fame has completely spread far and wide. The nest had a huge impact in the modern society, especially in the ones where individuals prefer fine dining. A certain culinary taste is to be savored from foods like the Swiftlet Bird’s nest. They are known in Chinese as the ‘yan wo’ for the nest.
The real term
Actually the word ‘yan wo’ in Cantonese literally translates to the phrase swiftlet bird nest in the English Language. They were and are still greatly used in a soupy form that greatly brings out its taste. More importantly, Chinese phrase actually means Swallow’s nest in English. However, when you really want to separate out the refinement of this phrase, then you must know that it actually means ‘uncooked nest’.
History and significance
We all know that the Chinese Cuisine consists of foodstuffs that most people in the world have never heard or seen even in their most farfetched imaginations. This is because Chinese cuisine works with the style and culture involved in it that is not mostly seen in other food styles all over the world. The nest is really a great delicacy among the Chinese. They are usually eaten uncooked and for this purpose they are first soaked raw in a water medium. Now, the swiftlet bird nest is usually built in such a manner that the water has a curious effect on the nest. It actually turns the nest into that of a gelatinous substance. In the Chinese cuisine, it is also used in a form that can be compared to that of a soup that has a salty or a soupy sweet tang or taste to it
General use and idea
Most people usually think that this swiftlet bird nest is usually consumed whole and that too without any other food items along with it. This is really a big misconception. This is because; you should know that there are many food items that actually use the swiftlet bird nest in it. It can be greatly used as a very fascinating ingredient in many other types of food items. Due to the many variations that exist in the ways of its cooking, it has been seen that this food is used as a medium with rice to produce what is known as the Bird’s nest congee. It is also termed as the bird’s nest with boiled rice. Furthermore, the great news with edible bird’s nests is that they can be used with many other things like that of egg tarts and greatly served as desserts in many rich occasions and places.
Since this is a food item that can be used in a very versatile manner, it is also used to make much other stuff like that of the bird nest jelly. There is a very specific process with the help of which this swiftlet bird nest jelly is actually made. This jelly is made when the bird’s nest completely is immersed in a container that is made up of ceramic material. After this is done, a minimal quantity of sugar, salt as well as water is added to it and then the entire preparation is actually double steamed. In fact, the best thing about this food is that it is also stored in jars and greatly used as a product that can be used as processed food. It is highly famous all over the world in this form.
The process of harvesting
The process of harvesting of the swiftlet bird nest or the Swiftlet Bird’s nest is really a highly complex one. The White Nest Swiftlet and the Black Nest Swiftlet are among the most harvested ones in the modern world due to their great significance. Both of these nests are wholly enriched in various essential nutrients to the human body. Other than the fact that their taste is really awesome, they also serve another great purpose. They really help in the clearing of many disorders that can occur in human beings. One of the most important is the clearing of digestive problems and also the raising of the time of your libido which is a great plus. Many other key benefits of this food are vocal improvement, asthma problems reduction and also a huge boost in your body armor that is development in your immunological system.
The swiftlet bird nest that is built generally takes a time of about thirty five days and this generally happens in the breeding season of the swiftlet birds. The funny fact about this is that, it is the swiftlet that builds the entire nest. The females do not have any part in its building. Another great fact regarding swiftlet nests is that there shape is in the form of a cup like structure that is actually attached to that of the ceiling. The nests are really soft and they are actually made by the saliva of these birds. More accurately, they are built by the cement like substance in the salivary laminar. The contents of substances like that of magnesium, calcium, potassium and also iron is quite high. Hence its nutrient value is quite evident.
The swiftlet bird nest is mainly imported in the United States and also Hong Kong in China. This is where they have the greatest demand. When you are in Hong Kong and you wish to have the Swiftlet Bird’s nest soup, it could cost you anywhere between a thirty dollars to about a hundred dollars USD.