The doctors will pooh-pooh all the goodness one purported gets from taking[tag] bird’s nest[/tag]. The immunologist (a specialist in allergies) will warn that bird’s nest can cause allergies and there were cases of anaphylactic shock (breathing difficulties and sometime fatal) when some unaware grandma fed her grandson who is highly allergic to eggs and related proteins.
But, the [tag]Chinese[/tag] are adamant that bird’s nest is good simply because it is very, very expensive, rare and has been handed down for centuries.
Before I proceed with the goodness, pregnant mothers should avoid taking too much bird’s nest because the proteins are too complex and may cause allergies. Breastfeeding mothers, do not take too much of it too. Be aware and don’t let your mother or mother-in-law pampered you in the wrong and dangerous way, though well-meaning. Post-partum mothers and those going for surgeries, also avoid bird’s nest because it will cause bleeding as it thins the blood (I think?). These are advices given by the medical staffs when I was in the hospital.
Previously, I scoffed at eating bird’s nest because of the chore of preparing it. It takes hours to double boil a piece with rock sugar and a few red dates. Moreover, it costs a bomb and each package of about 20 pieces can costs as much as RM1,000 and above.
However, during a trip to Sarawak, I was sold on this idea because the boss of the bird’s nest company has this pinkish, translucent and wrinkles free skin that shines. He also explained and demonstrated how to recognise good bird’s nest from fake ones. Easy – Just leave a few strands of a soaked one in the open. Fake ones will turned mouldy, smelly and grow weird looking fungus. Real ones have bacterial properties and will remain fresh. Ok, I admit that I was probably cheated by some smart-talking bird’s nest taukeh (big boss) but hey, it is nice to pamper ourselves with it once in a while.
Normally, if I can afford it, I prefer the dried ones and double boil it myself. However, my hubby will buy the bottled ones for a quick slurp. I take bird’s nest for breakfast on an empty stomach and it will last me till lunch. Never mind that doctors dismiss this idea and said bird’s nest is nothing but bird’s vomit. It tastes good and feeling good gives good vibes and make healthy body, isn’t it?