An Overview of The Famous Bird’s Nest Soup
Bird’s nest soup is revered as a delicacy in mainland China as a delicacy fetching prices upwards of $2,000 per kilogram. It’s rarity and supposed nutritional value have led it’s rise in popularity and as the Chinese population continues to grow so to do the expected growth and development of the bird’s nest soup industry.
The primary destination for birds nests are mainland China as they have been cultivated and entered into the Chinese menu for the past 400 years or so, today it’s become a tradition.
Krabi is an ideal landscape for the swiftlets as the porous limestone cliffs offer plenty of crevices and caves places for the birds to hide and make their nests and larger colonies. You can see many swiftlets flying overhead at almost every island you come to, just keep you eyes peeled and look around.
You can find various harvesting camps throughout the Andaman bay region due to the widespread limestone formations throughout the region. Namely the most larger and more popular nesting areas are viking cave on Koh Phi Phi Lae also also Koh Hong.
If you do come up to a harvest camp, lease NEVER enter this. The people who work there are often up on ladders 30 meters up in the air harvesting the many nests, these camps and are not open to the public, they are private property and are actually deemed agriculture land, so please don’t venture inside.
If your interested in trying some of this birds nest soup you can buy some at our local grocery store Makro, but the best quality and real stuff needs to be sourced in China.
There are many claims about the ethnicity of harvesting and eating birds nest soup, so please take all sides into account before you do decide to buy or eat this product.