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.