Category: Birds

Bird’s Nest Soup (Asia)

Birds Nest Soup
Birds Nest Soup

Bird’s nest soup is another expensive Asian delicacy.  It is made from edible nests from a species of birds known as ‘swifts’ that live in caves and make their nests from saliva.  The high price tag is perhaps due to how difficult it is to harvest these nests, which are generally found on the side walls of caves.  Royalty has been eating bird’s nest soup for centuries, and it is believed that this dish can increase sexual vitality.  To this day it is known to be one of the priciest animal dishes available anywhere in the world, so make sure that you make a special event of it if you are trying it out.

Fertilized Duck Embryo – Balut

Balut fertilized egg
Balut fertilized egg

How do you like your eggs? Sunny side up, Scrambled…? If you’re from the Philippines you’d probably want your eggs Balut style.

Balut is a dish that is common in the Philippines.  It is a duck egg that is fertilized and has a partially grown duck embryo inside of it.  The egg is then boiled and the embryo and the liquid inside is cooked.  Once the dish is served, the shell is punctured and the broth inside is sipped from the shell.  Then the shell is peeled so the diner can eat the yolk and the cooked chick.  It is common to see vendors selling balut in a bucket filled with sand to keep them warm.