This Soupâ€™s for the Birds!
Menu writers sometimes get clever and brand dishes with a wacky name that only sounds gross. Take â€śbird's nest soupâ€ť for instanceâ€¦ Oops, scratch that. Birdâ€™s nest soup is really made from bird nests!
In fact, itâ€™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 thatâ€™s supposedly good for soup.
Donâ€™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 birdâ€™s nest soup â€" up to $100!
Itâ€™s the spittinâ€™ image of insanity if you ask me!