NESTING IN­STINCTS

The Peak (Malaysia) - - The Peak Expert -

Com­ing from a fam­ily that has been run­ning a bird’s nest busi­ness for more than two decades, Cieyou Lim knows the prod­uct like the back of his hand. Here, the CEO & Founder of Nest­bloom shares his in­sights.

HOW DOES A CON­SUMER TELL THE QUAL­ITY OF A BIRD’S NEST PROD­UCT?

Within the in­dus­try, the nests are typ­i­cally graded based on their coun­try of ori­gin, size, thick­ness and colour. But be­yond grades, a good way to tell the qual­ity of a nest is through a soak test. (Whether or not the soak­ing wa­ter remains clear) helps one to de­ter­mine if dyes or food glue has been used in the clean­ing and prepa­ra­tion process. In ad­di­tion, a good qual­ity bird’s nest would ex­pand in thick­ness and size.

WHAT TYPE OF BIRD’S NEST IS USED TO PRO­DUCE NEST­BLOOM PROD­UCTS?

While we do not dis­crim­i­nate by size or thick­ness, whole nests are used in our recipes. These are cleaned and soaked overnight, prior to be­ing por­tioned for each Bloom. Each Bloom con­tains about 30g of bird’s nest.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CON­SUME IT, TO GET THE MOST OF ITS HEALTH BEN­E­FITS?

As a form of pro­tein, bird’s nest must be cooked to a cer­tain soft­ness for it to be di­gestible. It is best taken in the morn­ing be­fore break­fast or in the evening, at least an hour or two be­fore bed­time.

IS IT TRUE THAT YOU CAN HAVE TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?

As our body can ab­sorb only a cer­tain level of nutri­ents and pro­tein each time, we would rec­om­mend con­sum­ing a read­ily por­tioned Bloom three to four times a week.

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