Malaysia Bird's Nest - Introduction Of Edible Birdnest / Bird's Nest
Bird's nest / bird's nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. A few species of swiftlet, the cave swiftlets, are renowned for building the saliva nests used to produce the unique texture of this soup.The Chinese name for bird's nest soup, yàn wō (燕窝）, translates literally as "swiftlet nest". When dissolved in water, the birds' nests have a gelatinous texture used for soup.
The edible bird's nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans. The bird's nests have been traditionally used in Chinese cooking for more than 400 years, most often as bird's nest soup.
The most heavily harvested nests are from the Edible-nest Swiftlet or White-nest Swiftlet and the Black-nest Swiftlet. The white nests （house nest) and the cave nest are supposedly rich in nutrients which are traditionally believed to provide health benefits, such as aiding digestion, raising libido, improving the voice, alleviating asthma, improving focus, and an overall benefit to the immune system.
The bird's nests are built during the breeding season by the male swiftlet over a period of 45 days. They take the shape of a shallow cup stuck to the cave wall. The nests are composed of interwoven strands of salivary laminate cement. Both nests have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Hong Kong and China are the largest importers of bird's nests. In Hong Kong a bowl of Bird Nest Soup would cost USD 30 USD to USD 100. A kilogram of white nest can cost up to USD 4,500, and a kilogram of “red blood” nest can cost up to $10,000 USD.
The bird's nests were traditionally harvested from caves called as Cave Nest, principally the enormous limestone caves at Gomantong and Niah in Borneo. With the escalation in demand these sources have been supplanted since the late 1990s by purpose-built swiftlet houses, usually reinforced concrete structures following the design of the Southeast Asian shop-house. These swiftlet houses are normally found in urban areas near the sea or forest in Malaysia, Indonesian, Thailand and Vietnam, since the swiftlets have a propensity to flock in such places. This has become an extraordinary industry call as swiftlet farming, mainly based on a series of towns in Malaysia which have been completely transformed by the activity. From there the nests are mostly exported to Hong Kong, which has become the centre of the world trade, though most of the final consumers are from mainland China.
Sai Kim Bird's Nest: we are the main bird's nest (house nest and cave nest) collector in Malaysia, we have our own bird's nest processing line, bird's nest retail shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We export Malaysia Bird's Nest to Hong Kong and China.