Bird’s Nest Soup

Soup Name:  Bird’s Nest Sweet Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 燕窝 (yàn wō)

A traditional sweet soup that is made from dried bird’s nest – mainly those nests collected from the species of swifts.  It is a known delicacy in Chinese cuisine and can be used in various sweet desserts, drinks, and health supplements.  There are variations of this soup where you can add american ginseng or wolfberries.

What Ingredients are required?

 These portions serve 2 bowls:

1 piece of bird’s nest
1 piece of medium-sized rock sugar (customized to your taste)
1 handful of wolfberries (optional)
2 cups of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash and clean the dried bird’s nest
  2. Soak in cold water for at least 3 hours (or until relatively soft)
  3. In a double-boiler, put in water and bird’s nest and rock sugar
  4. Boil water (at simmering) for 2 hours
  5. Serve & enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Aids in digestion and improving overall immune system
  • Said to assist in purifying the skin in toning, firming and smoothing

Any precautions?

  • Buy bird’s nest from a reputable source
  • Some cleaning required as the nests may contain feathers and other debris
  • Pregnant women should eat sparingly (as with children)