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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Bird's Nest Soda of Asia

November 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

This series really is neverending and we've come on some really bizarre foods and snacks as well as stumbling upon some interesting twists to food we see everyday in the good ole US of A. Today we feature a canned beverage we found in Singapore, but can be bought in a handful of places in Asia such as Hong Kong and Mainland China. We present: bird's nest flavored drink

If you aren't up on what exactly bird's nest is, listen up. This delicacy is found in a few Asian countries, particularly in China. Cave swifts create nests for their young using their own saliva and regurgitated food and someone has found out that the nest makes a great soup. The uniquely flavored nest is one of the most expensive food items on the planet and often fetches as much as $30,000 for a full red nest.

The soup made from the nests is full of iron, calcium and other nutrients and is even thought to alleviate asthma and improve the immune system. We can't imagine there is that much wonder and delight in one can of sugary drink, but let's try.

The taste: After all of the expense and energy, we thought it basically was a sweeter version of cream soda. Nothing salty about it—like the soup—just sugar and more sugar. It's carbonated just like soda and even has the color of cream soda or Red Bull. So we are calling this one: it's cream soda.

The price: We found this can for about $1.10 SGD, about $.90 USD. No other option of buying a six-pack or a fridge carton, just a single can.

Where to find it: In Singapore, most convenience stores should carry canned drinks like this one. Specifically look for 7-11 or the chilled drink selection in any grocery store. It's usually displayed right near the refrigerated green tea.

If you'd like to share some of your foreign grocery finds, we'd love love love to see them. Send 'em on over via email here and snack on, my friends.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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