Everything Bird’s Nest: 3 Delicious Homemade Recipes You Should Try

Everything Bird’s Nest: 3 Delicious Homemade Recipes You Should Try

Bird’s Nest, also known as “Caviar of the East” is produced from the nest of swiftlets, commonly found in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia.

Revered for its unparalleled wellness and beauty benefits, this extraordinary and natural elixir is increasingly sought after across the globe. Bird’s Nest is often found in gift hampers, reason being in Chinese culture, many believe that it brings countless health benefits to the recipient. Now, let us dive into the potential nutritional benefits that are associated with the consumption of Bird’s Nest.

You may be wondering, why is Bird’s Nest so popular? Here are some reasons why:

1. Enhanced Skin Health

2. Strengthened Brain Function

3. Boosted Immunity and Digestive Health

Bird’s Nest is full of proteins and nutrients that contain the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), essential in enhancing skin elasticity, hydration, and tissue restoration. By consuming Bird’s Nest, it improves our overall skin health, maintaining a youthful complexion and reduces signs of ageing.

Bird’s Nest has also become a best-loved delicacy among parents as it contains high levels of amino acids, which facilitates neurological and intellectual development in infants and young children.                                                      

Enriched with numerous nutrients, Bird’s Nest can even improve one’s immunity. It is packed with antioxidants and prebiotic components that can fortify our body’s defenses against infections. When loved ones are feeling under the weather, Bird’s Nest is therefore an ideal get well soon gift as it is beneficial in strengthening their immune system, combating fatigue, as well as improving appetite.

After discovering the benefits of Bird’s Nest, here are 3 ways you can incorporate it into an array of delectable treats or Bird’s Nest Dishes not to be missed!

#1: Baked Egg Tart with Bird’s Nest (Approx. 20 servings)
List of ingredients you’ll need:
· 60g Plain Flour
· 600g Custard Powder
· 170g Margarine
· 1 Egg Yolk
· Vanilla Essence
· 7 Fresh Eggs
· 170g White Sugar
· 240g UHT Fresh Milk
· 1 bottle Bird’s Nest
1) Making the Dough
Combine plain flour, custard powder, margarine, egg yolk and vanilla essence in sequence in a mixing bowl. Knead the mixture into a smooth dough.
2) Moulding
Next, portion out the smooth dough into 20 separate dough balls and press each dough ball evenly into the tart mould.
3) Preparing of the Mixture
Combine fresh eggs, white sugar, and fresh milk in a separate mixing bowl. Beat them together and strain the mixture. Then proceed to pour the egg custard filling up to 80% full respectively into each mould.
4) Baking
Preheat your oven at top heat 160°C, bottom heat 300°C and set your timer to bake the tarts for 7 minutes. Once the time is up, take out the egg tarts and let it cool down for a while.
5) Cooling Down
After it is cooled down, pour Bird’s Nest on top of the custard and it is now ready to be served!
#2: Mango Pudding with Bird’s Nest Sago (Approx. 10 servings)
List of ingredients you’ll need:
· 1 cup Mango Puree
· 1 cup + ⅓ cup Coconut/Evaporated Milk
· ½ cup Sugar
· ½ cup Hot Water
· 1 tbsp Gelatin Powder (Unflavoured)
· ½ cup Diced Fresh Mango
· ½ cup Sago Pearls
· 2 bottles Bird’s Nest
· 1 litre Water
1) Making the Mixture
In a small bowl, mix gelatin and hot water until there are no visible lumps. After mixing, transfer the mixture to a larger bowl – along with mango puree, 1 cup of coconut milk, salt, and sugar. Then, stir till the mixture is smooth.
2) Chilling and Setting
Next, pour the mixture into small pudding cups/containers of your choice to let it set in the fridge for 3 hours minimum.
3) Preparing the Topping
For the sago topping, bring ½ cup of sago pearls and 1 litre of cold water to boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium heat and keep stirring so that they will not stick to the bottom of the pan. Make sure to cook the sago pearls until they become transparent, for roughly 12-15 minutes.
Once it is cooked, remove the saucepan from heat and strain the sago pearls. Next, wash the pearls in cold water to remove excess starch, and add it into a clean bowl. Mix the cooked sago pearls with Bird’s Nest and stir gently.
4) Assembling the Pudding
After the pudding is set, remove it from the fridge and start assembling the pudding. Add 1 tbsp of coconut milk on top of the pudding, and add one tsp of the sago-bird’s nest mixture. To complete the pudding, top it off with some mango cubes, and more sago-bird’s nest mixture before serving. Now it’s ready to enjoy!
#3: Matcha Fresh Milk with Bird’s Nest Jelly (Approx. 1 serving)
List of ingredients you’ll need:
· 2 tsp Matcha Powder
· 1 cup Cold Water
· 1 cup Fresh Milk
· 1 bottle Bird’s Nest
· ½ tbsp Gelatin Powder (Unflavoured)
· ½ tbsp Hot Water
· Ice
1) Making the Jelly
Start by mixing the gelatin powder and hot water in a small saucepan until there are no lumps remaining. Add 1 bottle of Bird’s Nest into the mixture and gently stir. Proceed to combine the bird’s nest and gelatin mixture into a glass, and let it set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
2) Preparing the Matcha Drink
When making the matcha element, mix 1-2 tsp of matcha powder with one cup of cold water. Alternatively, a cocktail shaker can be used for convenience. Once completed, set it aside.
3) Assembling
Next, remove the set jelly from the fridge. Pour one cup fresh milk on top and add ice if you prefer it chilled.
4) Have a taste of Greatness!
Complete the drink with the matcha previously mixed and it is ready to drink!
With these simple Bird’s Nest Recipes to follow, you can now elevate your wellness and indulge in a symphony of flavours that are convenient to create!
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