Edible bird’s nests are only found in South East Asia. Bird’s nest from different countries will differ in taste and quality so it is important for you to note where the bird’s nest is from to justify the price and quality.
Bird nests from these countries are ranked in pricing and quality. You can choose the quality based on the ranks. And needlessly to say, the top rank is the most expensive.
Bird’s nests from Vietnam are of a higher quality due to the unique environmental conditions. They are richer in taste and stronger in aroma. There is limited supply of such high quality bird nest and they command a high global price.
Nests harvested from Thailand are denser, firmer and thicker than normal, and of high quality desired by consumers. These are cave swiftlets’ nests and difficult and low volume to harvest, hence the higher quality and price. They require more time to soak and cook.
The texture of bird’s nest made in Indonesia are softer, smoother. These nests are also cleaner as most are harvested from more accessible caves and farms and prices are generally lower. Most Indonesia nests are of decent quality, and they supply 70% of the world’s demands.
The majority of bird’s nests harvested from Malaysia are from farms and the nests are therefore more affordable and cleaner.
Cave Bird’s Nests are Usually Higher Nutritious than Farms
Edible bird’s nests are harvested from Caves on cliffs specially catered for swiftlets which concerns have higher their nutritional content than the farm bird nests.
Cave Bird’s Nests generally absorb the mineral from natural, therefore, they contain more nutritious and minerals. In Vietnam, due to the controlled environments where the nests are built, only Sanest Khanh Hoa can harvest the nests from swiftlet islands in Khanh Hoa Province.