What is bird’s nest soup and what are the health benefits to this Chinese cuisine? Essentially, the name says it all – it’s the nest of a few species of swift birds which build their nest using their saliva. The nest is harvested heavily as it is believed to contain rich nutrients to aid in digestion, increase your libido, improve awareness and overall a boost to the immune system. That’s a lot of bold claims and whether any of these are true or not, these nests have been consumed in China for over 400 years.
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The soup does not typically taste like any western soup you’ve ever had. It’s got a leathery texture to it but when cooked with the right ingredients, it’s very flavorful. Here’s a quick and dirty bird’s nest soup recipe past down by good friends in China.
Hearty Bird’s Nest Soup Recipe
2 ounces of premium bird’s nest
4 cups Chinese chicken Soup Stock
2 eggs, beaten
2 slices of fresh ginger
An assortment of other ingredients such as ham to garnish, depending on your taste.
Soak the bird’s nest in warm water overnight (keep in refrigerator) then drain and rinse. Add 4 cups of your soup broth along with your ginger in pot cook until boiling. Add the birds nest and cook for 30 minutes. Season and add your eggs. Gently stir the eggs into the soup, add garnish to finish.
Hope you enjoy this recipe.