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Car Soup. [Apr. 25th, 2008|07:30 am]
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Real "birds nest soup" is made from bird spit - the gooey, stringy saliva that Chinese swiftlets use to attach their nests to the walls of caves. The hardened saliva is prized for it's medicinal and aphrodisiac properties. The license fee to harvest one cave? $100,000. The soup is a simple chicken broth, with one good dollop of bird spit in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBenak9wtkE&e

And a 1939-1940 Chevy commercial.
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[User Picture]From: vjgyo
2008-04-25 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yum bird spit.... :[
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 12:37 pm (UTC)
I know right? lol
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From: christinaathena
2008-04-25 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, those wacky Chinese ...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 12:37 pm (UTC)
lol.

I can't imagine eating it. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: greenraven
2008-04-25 12:46 pm (UTC)
I had birds nest soup once, or at least was told it was BNS. All I could taste was chicken....but then, in the end, doesn't everything taste like chicken. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 12:47 pm (UTC)
lol, tofu doesn't. ;)
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2008-04-25 12:46 pm (UTC)
i think i got a birds nest pizza the other day, he musnt have liked my tip last time
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 12:55 pm (UTC)
lol, wow. ;) Did your pizza work as an aphrodisiac then? hehe
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[User Picture]From: nonplussed
2008-04-25 01:35 pm (UTC)
have you ever seen bizarre foods with andrew zimmern on the travel channel? they did a show dedicated mostly to bird's nest soup awhile back. i've seen him eat much crazier things than that.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 01:37 pm (UTC)
I have not yet watched that show. i get grossed out really easy.. lol
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[User Picture]From: trish_punch
2008-04-25 02:05 pm (UTC)
You know, I love my birds, but I have never really had the desire to make soup with their spit.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 08:53 pm (UTC)
LOL, right? ;)
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[User Picture]From: purplecleo
2008-04-25 02:52 pm (UTC)
Do they use the whole nest? I watched a nature show once about the birds that make the nests used in the soup and I heard their droppings go into it too.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 08:55 pm (UTC)
This is all the info that was in my book. Sorry darlin'.
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[User Picture]From: frontdoorangel
2008-04-25 03:11 pm (UTC)
If you've ever seen the show "Planet Earth" which is along the same lines as "Blue Planet," they show men actually harvesting the nests in the caves and how dangerous it is, not to mention how long it takes the birds to build those nests.

But, really...it's still just gross.
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[User Picture]From: tamara_rose
2008-04-25 03:19 pm (UTC)
I remember watching The Frugal Gourmet make bird's nest soup. The "bird's nests" (crystallized spit) he used were actually quite pretty and for some reason even after he explained what they really were, I still wanted to try it.

Then again, I'll try just about any kind of food as long as it doesn't involve bugs.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about the "frugal" part. It was portrayed to be a pretty expensive commodity in my little book.
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[User Picture]From: lindyleighphoto
2008-04-25 03:19 pm (UTC)
It's all relative...what one person will eat...and another won't. We eat COWS! and chickens and such. I love sashimi but I would never go out, catch a fish and take a bite right out of his side :O

Commercial: What! No seat belts? YIKES!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's definitely all relative. I'm a vegetarian so most of tha tsounds pretty icky to me, but most of my friends would be sick at the idea of eating tofu. lol. ;)

And I know, right?
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2008-04-25 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yum. Actually, I'd take that over some of the other, stranger Chinese traditional cuisine. Like fetal rats, for instance.

I'd like to try actual, real deal chinese food someday, though. Apparently what we've got here is just the American idea of what they eat over there. Its not authentic at all.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-25 09:00 pm (UTC)
Fetal rats?

I just puked a little in my mouth.
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From: hymn
2008-04-26 01:04 am (UTC)
i'd eat it, but not the expensive price it goes for.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-04-26 01:05 am (UTC)
*nod*
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