What exactly is bird’s nest?
The edible birds’ nests are made by swiftlet Collocalia-Fuciphaga, found in the tropical coastal area in South-east Asia. This unique swiftlet build their nests only with their saliva to form a composition of interwoven strands of salivary laminae cement. The nests are then crystallized and ready for swiftlet to lay eggs. When the egg has hatched and the young chick fledged, the nest is abandoned – a female will never lay her eggs in an old nest.
Birds’ nests are rich in protein, amino acids and minerals. Scientific reports have repeatedly shown that bird’s nest can enhance tissue growth and cellular regeneration, slowing the ageing process, and boost cell mediated immunity in humans. It can also regulate the endocrine system and other body functions.
Birds’ nests are beneficial to all kinds of people, especially children, the elderly, pregnant women, and post-surgery recoverers. Patients suffering from coughs, tracheitis, bronchitis, asthma or lung disease also benefit.
All recipes below use HealthyNest Premium Bird’s Nest (either white or golden nest), and makes four servings.
Important note: The natural nutrients in bird’s nest will be degraded in extended conditions of high heat. Thus, to preserve the nourishing benefit of bird’s nest, the product should be cooked on low heat in water.
Bird nest preparation: Soak 18.8g (half a tael) of bird’s nest in water for 8 to 12 hours, then drain. A standard package of HealthyNest Bird’s Nest contains 37.5g (one tael).
1. Royal Lady’s Bird Nest
Ingredients: Half a tael of HealthyNest Bird’s Nest, 1 bowl of water, 2 bowls milk, 5 egg whites, a little ginger juice, a portion of pearl powder, rock sugar adjusted to taste.
Method: Add water to the bird’s nest and cook on low heat for one hour. Add all other ingredients except the rock sugar. Mix and immediately seperate into four bowls. Steam each bowl for 10 more minutes. Just before serving, dissolve some rock sugar in each bowl.
Effect: Smooths the skin, replenish qi and soothe the nerves.
2. Stewed Bird’s Nest with Papaya Milk
Ingredients: Half a tael of HealthyNest Bird’s Nest, 1.5 bowls of water, 2 bowls fresh milk, cubed papaya and rock sugar adjusted to taste.
Method: Add water and rock sugar to the bird’s nest and cook on low heat for one hour. Add milk and papaya, then continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Effect:Calms the liver and stomach, helps maintain fitness and healthy skin.
3. Stewed Bird’s Nest with Coconut Water and Sago
Ingredients: Half a tael of HealthyNest Bird’s Nest, 10 tablespoons of fresh coconut water, 3.5 bowls of water, sago, and rock sugar adjustedto taste.
Method: Add water and rock sugar to the bird’s nest and cook on low heat for one hour. Seperately cook the sago in the meantime. Then add the coconut water and sago to the mixture and cook further for 10 minutes.
Effect:Cools internal heat, fortifies the spleen and lungs.