Bird Nests – a highly expensive Chinese delicacy

I first came across these in a Chinese store in Chicago China town a couple of weeks back. And I was awe-struck. It seems that the bird nests of a certain type of swift bird are used as a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. These nests are made from the bird’s saliva and in addition to being a delicacy, they have medicinal properties also.
Swiflet Bird Nests - Courtesy: Wikipedia - click to enlarge (213 kb).
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
These nests are extremely expensive – mostly due to the lengthy and hard process of getting the nests from unreachable rock crevices and also for cleaning them. The ones I saw in the Chinese store ranged from $800 to $1,500 per box (You can see the $888.99 price on the orange star shaped paper on the right of the box in the image below. Click the image to enlarge it). And these can go upto $10,000!
Box of bird nests - $899.99 at a chinese store in Chicago Chinatown - click to enlarge (593 kb).
I have not tasted the bird nests soup yet, but if I do, I will surely update this post :).
Wikipedia article about the bird nests

2 Replies to “Bird Nests – a highly expensive Chinese delicacy”

  1. I am selling the bird nest primary products
    It from Malaysia and Indonesia
    These product is before going thru and chemical wash
    It is purely organic
    Interested please contact me

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