||[Apr. 25th, 2008|07:30 am]
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.
And a 1939-1940 Chevy commercial.
I can't imagine eating it. *shudder*
It can't be worse than thousand-year eggs.
There were two people from China in my Japanese class, and one of them brought some thousand-year eggs. The other Chinese student thought they were great, but no one else in the class who tried it did. :-)
2008-04-26 01:10 am (UTC)
how does one eat thousand year eggs?
how does one cook it ....
and it must be horribly expensive too
You eat it like a hardboiled egg. You don't cook it.
Century egg, also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg and thousand-year-old egg is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. After the process is completed, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulfur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor or taste.
And, yes, it is just as disgusting as that description sounds. *G*Edited at 2008-04-26 01:16 am (UTC)
2008-04-26 01:21 am (UTC)
That's one of those that I can see how it developed - if you're a poor peasant, and you're lucky enough to get more eggs than you can eat right away, you'd want to preserve it for when there's not as much food available.
But I have a hard time understanding why people not facing starvation would eat it - and consider it a delicacy. I guess it's a matter of what you're used to ... or maybe, secretly, they don't like it either, but they don't want to admit it because they think everyone else likes it. ;-)