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Mr. Bad Food
by John McGran, Food columnist

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This Soup’s for the Birds!

Menu writers sometimes get clever and brand dishes with a wacky name that only sounds gross. Take “bird's nest soup” for instance… Oops, scratch that. Bird’s nest soup is really made from bird nests!

In fact, it’s even worse than it sounds. This Chinese delicacy is made from cave swift saliva. The birds form their nests by spitting on the walls of caves. When dissolved in water, the bird nests have a gelatinous texture that’s supposedly good for soup.

Don’t laugh it off as simply a crazy thing from another culture. Americans are one of the major importers of these nests.

And it costs a real nest egg to buy a bowl of bird’s nest soup – up to $100!

It’s the spittin’ image of insanity if you ask me!

@ 5:08pm ET on April 25, 2008 That seems sick to me! It must be good, though for that price?!!
@ 5:15pm ET on April 25, 2008 So what's the calorie count? LOL (as I gag)!
@ 7:55pm ET on April 25, 2008 that's insane! Yuck! ....Judy
@ 11:48pm ET on April 27, 2008 They took my nest and ate it? That's sad! I've no home now! booohooo
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