Indonesianís Bird's nest is one of the finest qualities in the world. There are two kinds of places to develop the Swiftlet (Collocalia Fuchipaga) nest: In the caves and in old or abandoned or cultivated houses with three different types of nest such as Blood Nest, White Nest, and Yellow Nest.
Once the nests are removed from the houses, they are washed and cleaned (processed) before being shipped to the shops for sale. From Indonesia, millions of nests are sent to Chinese communities around the world, with Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan the top consumers. Southeast Asian consumers include: Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Edible bird's nest can be categorised into two main types according to the location they are harvested from: cave nestand house nest.
Cave nest are mainly harvested from natural caves in eastern Sarawak and Sabah
(two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo). These caves are scattered in the
state's various forest reserves, natural parks and coastal islands. The more
famous of these caves are located at Niah, Kakus, Baram and Tinjar.
These caves differ in sizes and heights, but mostly are found on high cliffs facing the sea.
Cave nest generally contains more dirt and feather than house nest.
House nest is made by Swiftlets that nest under the roof of houses in the
countryside. Since many believed that having Swiftlets
in their house is a sign
of good omen, not to mention the prospect of a lucrative trade, it wasn't long
before houses are abandoned to encourage the Swiflets
to move in.
Indonesians started encouraging Swiftlets to nest in empty abandoned houses since the Dutch colonial times. Needless to say, house nest are those harvested from these"swallow houses".
Generally, the texture of house nest are smoother compared to those of cave nest, and with less feathers and other contaminants. Thus, the original cupped hand or crescent shaped bowl of the Swiflet nest can be retained after the removal of feathers.
|Cave Nest||House Nest|
|"Black or dark grey" in colour - Covered with more feathers, dirt & containminants||Mainly white in colour which is characterised by small patches of grey, black bird feathers and wood shavings (from the hut)|
|Too much feathers to be removed and the shape of the nest cannot be retained (sometimes resulting in Cui(4) yan(4) being sew together)||Able to retain its unique cupped or crescent shape after thorough cleaning. Swiflet nest is 100% guaranteed to be in original complete piece|
|Higher risk and susceptibility to diseases and contamination as Swiflets are open to different environmental elements||Lower risk and susceptibilty to diseases and contamination as Swiflets nest in an enclosed and protected environment|
In the world, there are only 3 species of swallows that reproduces edible birdís nest
Long(2) Ya(2) Yan(4) Collocalia Fuchipaga Species (White Nest) Ė Highest Grade
Uses only mostly gelatinous strands for making entire nest. Gelatinous strands content in the unprocessed nest is 85 Ė 97%. This is the most popular form of birdís nest in the market and commands the highest price. It is sold as a complete piece, which is the one Iím distributing now.
Collocalia Esculanta Species (Grass Nest)
Uses leaves (usually pine leaves) with its gelatinous strands as 'glue' for making the nest. Gelatinous strands content in the unprocessed nest : 5 - 15%. Used for for restaurant consumption. Looks transparent and glossy, with grayish colour.
Collocalia Maxima Species (Feather Nest)
Molting in the process, and using their feathers with the gelatinous strands as 'glue' for making the nest. Gelatinous strands content in the unprocessed nest : 5 - 15%. Very popular in 'bird nest cake-shape' market. Looks dull and glossy, with milky white color.
This nest has a bright red color and commands the highest price among any other color, due to their high demand and rarity. Not many houses have this kind of nests, and even if they do have, the nests can only be harvested 1 to 2 times a year. Red Nest production are only about 5% of overall bird nests market in the world. Wholesale prices ranges from US$200 (37.5g)** and more.
** USD$200 = SGD$340
White Nest is the most popular nests in the market. The white colour unique to the nest is produced by the ďvirgin spitĒ or ďvirgin salivaĒ (Young Swiflet which has not mated before) of Long(2) ya(2) yan(4) Collocalia Fuchipaga Species which is highly priced. Wholesale prices ranges between SGD$200 Ė 280 (37.5g).
This nest has a pale yellowish shade to it. Yellow nest is produced by the same species of Swiflet, except that the Swiflets are of older age and have mated before. Some particular consumers did raise concerns with its quality and probably higher susceptibility to bird-borne diseases. Wholesale prices are slightly below that of the White Nest.
Swallows make their nest from grass and mud, and their nest are certainly not
edible. In contrast, Swiflets make their nest using their saliva, therefore the
highly valued edible bird's nest are actually the dried saliva of
Edible birds' nest is a water soluble glycoprotein with properties of a protein as well as of a carbohydrate. Its composition resembles that of salivary mucin with a high ash content of 2.5 percent. It contains 10.3 percent nitrogen and 17.4 percent carbohydrate with traces of phosphorus, asernate, sulphur and vitamin B1. The energy value per 100g edible portion is 345 kilocalories. The total protein content is about 85 percent with 0.3 percent of fat. Other minerals present are calcium and iron. 6 kinds of Amino acids isolated from birds' nest consist of amide, humin, arginine, cystine, histidine and lysine. The total content of mono amino acids is about 6 percent. It is possible that when taken with certain other foods through a cooking process may have a high nutritive and therapeutic value to human body. Recent studies in Hong Kong suggested that it may even be useful in the treatment of AIDS.
|Arginine||Studies have shown that is has improved immune responses to bacteria, viruses & tumor cells; promotes wound healing and regeneration of the liver; causes the release of growth hormones; considered crucial for optimal muscle growth and tissue repair.|
|Cystine||Functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution. It can help slow down the aging process, deactivate free radicals, neutralize toxins; aids in protein synthesis and presents cellular change. It is necessary for the formation of the skin, which aids in the recovery from burns and surgical operations. Hair and skin are made up 10-14% Cystine.|
|Lysine||Insures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen ( which makes up bone cartilage & connective tissues); aids in the production of antibodies, hormones & enzymes. Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. A deficiency may result in tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss,anemia & reproductive problems.|
|Histidine||Found abundantly in haemoglobin; has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers & anemia. A deficiency can cause poor hearing.|
|Amide||Primary linkage of all different kinds of essential amino acids and like. The basic unit to all different types of amino acids|
Birds' nest have been used for a long time in traditional Chinese medicine. It is classified as a cold food or ying according to the Chinese food concept. Birds' nest has been recommended for use in the curing or strengthening of the body in diseases related to weak blood or body overheat, cold, influenza, cough, asthma, and other bronchio ailments. Consumption of birds' nest is also recommended to complement other treatments to combat degenerative diseases such as cancer and also for convalescence or to recover health after illness or surgery. It is also claimed that consuming birds' nests regularly can give a person exuberant physical and mental strength as well as to restore the fine and fair complexion of one's youthfulness. It is also mentioned that an expectant mother consuming birds' nests would have a baby with fine and smooth complexion. Chinese concept of food and medicine is a conspicuous part of the Chinese culture and birds' nest is one of the food items highly valued and often prescribed for use in the treatment of various body ailments.
Tips for Choosing Bird's Nest
Procedure for Soaking Bird's Nest
New Born Swiflets (Collocalia Fuchipaga)
Notice the White Nest being weaved by the virgin Swiflets
White Nest being weaved
Older aged Swiflets (Notice the yellowish nest weaved)
Swiflets flocking together
|Before the Feathers and Dirt are Removed||Birdís Nest completely cleaned|
Pricing: (Free Delivery for 112.5g and above)
|1 liang(3) / 37.5g||SGD$189.90|
|3 liang(3) / 112.5g||SGD$563.00|
|8 liang(3) / 0.5 jin(1) / 300g||SGD$1,410.00|
|16 liang(3) / 1 jin(1) / 600g||SGD$2,700.00|
|13.33 liang(3) / 500g||SGD$2,270.00|
|26.67 liang(3) / 1.00kg||SGD$4,100.00|
Referrals to other friends are entitled to further group discounts.
The pricing is very competitive: Local Singaporean wholesale prices range from SGD$200.00 - $280.00 even at wholesale quantity of 1.00kg.
All prices are net and there is no GST.
All stocks are 100% guaranteed to be fresh and your order comes direct from Indonesia.
To prove the quality and originality of our product, soak the birdís nest in a bowl of clean water. The absence of milky white or cloudy mixture indicates the purity of our product, with no additive (no bleaching) or aritificial colouring added.