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MAGAZINE, February 2006
LAU FO YE NATURAL
221, LiMing Road, Section 1
Hours:11 am-9 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
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--By Niang Chen, translated by Cara Steenstra
Swallows' nests have long been considered
a rare natural health food with reputed qualities detailed
in ancient Chinese books on herbal medicine, as well as literary
works such as "Dream of the Red Chamber". Swallows'
nests contain easily absorbable water-soluble protein as well
as over 10 different kinds of amino acids, Glycoprotein and
Epidermic Growth Factor as well. These good-quality proteins
are reported to help provide the human body with the necessary
potassium, calcium, phosphorous, sulfur, magnesium and other
minerals. Lao Fo Ye Natural Swallow's Nest offers pure swallows'
nests that, without any additives or preservatives, can be
eaten instantly. Each serving contains at least 30 to 40 percent
solids. There are different flavors, available hot or cold.
Rock Sugar Swallow's Nest (NT$60), Dates and Gouqi Swallow's
Nest (NT$100) and the Natural Pearl Swallow's Nest (NT$150)
also come with a tube of pearl powder. The Chicken with Swallow's
Nest (NT$150) is savory and prepared with a soup base made
from Brazilian mushrooms and old hens for a very refreshing
taste. Food fit for a king can be enjoyed for commoner's prices,
and this high-class delicacy can be eaten by people of all
ages. Take-out dishes are also available. For orders of NT$1,000
or more, you can enjoy free delivery service within city limits.