FAQs

Does bird nest have expiration date?

There is no expiration date but it needs to be refrigerated as soon as the bag is opened or when the seal is broken. After opening, it needs to be refrigerated at all times.

What is the best time of the day to eat birds’ nests?

Many recommend consuming bird's nest on an empty stomach for best results. You can also have it after a meal as a dessert.

What is a bird’s nest made of?

An edible bird’s nest is made of a swiftlet’s saliva which has solidified.

What is birds nest (soup/drink) good for?

The swiftlet’s saliva is a great source of vitamins and minerals. In fact, our tests have confirmed that the average nest contains:

  • Essential proteins
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Iron
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Iodine
  • 18 types of essential amino acids
  • 6 types of hormones

A group of Chinese researchers conducted a study to see if edible birds’ nests boosted immune systems. In the tests, they subjected mice to radiation and then gave them birds’ nests to recover. The results found that edible bird’s nests have a certain type of protein in them that accelerates the creation of B cells, which boosts your immune system.

Why is bird nest so expensive?

How a bird’s nest is graded has a big influence on its price – our AAA nests demand high prices because they are of the highest quality. Most sites will give their best nests a AAA rating. Whenever you’re browsing a website for bird’s nests, examine their highest-grade nests very closely.

These ratings grade how well the birds’ nests have been prepared before packaging them. There is a very meticulous process where each individual birds nest is cleansed, pruned, and purified by hand until they are ready for human consumption. Golden Nest uses the traditional hand-washing method to clean our authentic nests, even though this process takes an incredible amount of hours to complete. Only about 30% of our total harvest makes it into production by the third examination because of how strict we are with nest quality. All of our production plants are in the US and are FDA-approved.

Are bird nests really good for your skin?

For hundreds of years, Chinese culture has hailed the nutritional benefits of bird’s nest soup. Virility, better skin, stronger pregnancies and healthier babies – all have been claimed as benefits of consuming soups featuring edible bird’s nests.

While there have been studies that suggest that birds’ nests improve eye health and the immune system, it is still unknown whether they improve skin health, as there have not yet been studies that have investigated those claims. 

What does bird's nest taste like?

Boiled egg whites are the closest you can get to describing the consistency of edible birds’ nests. The nests are often boiled in water to create a gelatinous mix to add to soup, rice and a variety of dishes.

How do you eat a bird's nest?

There are several types of dishes for birds’ nests:

  • Bird’s Nest Soup - This soup is by far the best known dish that uses a nest. With a gelatinous texture, the soup is considered a delicacy in the world of Chinese cuisine. There is also a sweet version of this soup.
  • Bird’s Nest Rice - After boiling the bird’s nest in water, add the mix to rice to give it a rustic, briny taste.
  • Asian Pear with Bird’s Nest Dessert - After soaking the bird’s nest in water and adding rock sugar, you place the mixture, goji berries and coconut milk inside a hollow out Asian pear for a healthy dessert with the right amount of sweetness.
  • Papaya and Bird’s Nest Dessert - Combine melted bird’s nest, chunks of papaya and coconut milk and pour into a glass. Serve chilled like a pudding.
  • Bird’s Nest Jelly - Prepare bird’s nest jelly by placing the nest in water with sugar and double steaming it.

Is eating bird's nest cruel?

It’s natural for people who are unfamiliar with bird’s nest as a gourmet delicacy to ask themselves whether it is a case of animal cruelty. Are industries effectively evicting birds from their nests and destroying the bird communities? In order to arrive at the answer, let’s look at the interaction between the birds nest farms and the swiftlets - the birds who create the nests that are harvested.

Birds nest farms are places that are designed to be safe, hospitable environments for swiftlets, mimicking locations that the birds would build their nests in the wild. Seeing these attractive places for nests, the birds independently flock to them. The swiftlets then build their nests in these farms, using them to incubate their little ones, which in turn hatch, learn to fly, and eventually leave the nest. Swiftlets instinctively build a new nest every season. 

Golden Nest has always prided itself in sourcing its nests from cruelty-free swallow farms, where workers take the utmost care in harvesting nests. We take environmental responsibility seriously, which is why we only partner with local communities who use sustainable, eco-friendly farming practices.