It is claimed that some of the best bird's nests come from the coastlines of Indonesia. When swiftlets eat the best of the fresh sea food they built the best of the nests with their saliva.Nest of swifts that live along the coastal line. Most of the good sea swiftlets' nests are orange in colour. So this is the first time I was introduced to the Purple Bird's Nests. And really one has to pay through the nose for bird's saliva you may say!! But to the connoisseur the purple bird's nest is the best food for the elderly!!
Bird's nest soup is one of the most expensive in the world because of the limited sources and high demand by billions of Chinese in China and overseas.
Hong Kong at the most is the centre of world bird's nests trade.
In Kuala Lumpur I chanced upon a delightful Chinese herbal medicine shop which also caters for walk in customers who delight in herbal soups and snacks. What a good idea! And since the young school leaver who is working as a fresh employee there I must really say a few good words about him. He is very very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products in the shop. The shop has a nice name "Effective Herbs and medicine Sdn. Bhd" at One Utama Petaling Jaya (Selangor)
The prices on the menu at the walk in snack corner can range from RM6.00 to RM280 per bowl...depending on what you fancy and how thick your wallet is...or your credit card limit!!
To me this shop is really a great expedition for those who wish to learn more about Chinese herbs and other natural products.
And a few hours spent browsing in the shop amongst the various shelves...with a "tour guide" of a salesman helping you...is worthy of your time. You walk out refreshed and perhaps even feeling a little bit healthier!!
I must say Jia Yiu to the young man who was so patient and helpful !