Selecting Bird's Nest
There are many different criterias when selecting bird's nest. The following is just a guideline as to what our specialists look for in bird's nest.
- Cleanliness: When looking at the bird's nest, the most important aspect to look for is whether the nest is clean. Looking for impurities, such as mud, moss, and feathers, is a good indicator as to whether the bird's nest is clean or not. The more impurities, the cheaper the product.
- Shape: The shape of the bird's nest should be in a cup shape. The cup shape can be in a triangular shape depending on the origin of the actual bird's nest. The first step in identifying a fake product from the real thing is to look at the shape and thickness
- Thickness: The thickness of the bird's nest is a determining factor on the grade of the bird's nest. The thicker the walls, higher the grade of the bird's nest. When looking at the thickness of the product, look for any discrepancies that would result in a thicker wall. To increase the weight of the bird's nest, individuals may spray on a coating, made of jelly or egg whites, to both increase the weight and make the bird's nest look thicker.
- Colour: There are basically three different colours of bird's nest. The colours are white, yellow, and bloody red. These colours are very similar to ivory, straw, and red respectively. The reason why there are different colours of bird's nest is because of the minerals that are contained in the actual product. Bird's nests are made from the saliva of the swallow bird. This saliva colour, and subsequently the colour of the bird's nest, is dependant on what the bird ate while creating the bird's nest
- Threading: Bird's nest consists of fine threads that are "woven" together. When looking at the bird's nest, the threads seem to be close together with almost no space between the weaves. As water soaks into the threads, the bird's nest begins to swell increasing both the weight and the thickness of the actual threads.
- Consistency and Aroma: The bird's nest should have a consistent colour throughout the entire nest. there should not be any discolouration in any portion of the actual bird's nest. The aroma of the dried bird's nest has a very light smell of fish as it is one of the substances that it ate. Once the nest has been submerged in water, the colouration of the actual bird's nest is then diluted and/or disappears. Though the colouration disappears, the actual water that the bird's nest sits in still remains clear and transparent.
- Once cooked, the bird's nest mixture must have an almost egg white aroma. Strands of the bird's nest must be evident. If the bird's nest settles to the bottom and does not appear mixed with the rest of the liquid, the bird's nest is most likely fake.