1.  City A1 Nes

1. City A1 Nes

With a combination of stress, heat, dehydration and sleeplessness from the Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut Food & Fun Hunt, I did not look my best when I was holidaying in Lumut. Who would, with volcanoes erupting on her face?

2. removing bird feathers from the 'nest'

2. removing bird feathers from the ‘nest’

Luckily, accompanying me on my holiday was a local friend, Cheong, who is like a human GPS in Sitiawan. He took me to this rather obscure bird’s nest shop, and ordered a bowl of sea coconut bird’s nest for me. Hahaha… Cheong is a traditional guy despite his youth and he believes in the age-old beauty secret of bird’s nest.

3. bird's nest

3. bird’s nest

I’m glad to say that it really worked. I had never believed in the effectiveness of bird’s nest but after that, I am starting to look for bird’s nest shops in Ipoh. Hahaha!

4. three different varieties of bird's nest tonics (rock sugar, sea coconut & ginkgo)

4. three different varieties of bird’s nest tonics (rock sugar, sea coconut & ginkgo)

We stopped at City A1 Nes for lunch, so bird’s nest wasn’t the only item we had. By the way, if you had wondered at the peculiarity of the name ‘City A1 Nes’, it is pronounced as ‘Sitiawan Nest’ if you read it fast.

5. soup noodles with sweet potato balls

5. soup noodles with sweet potato balls

By the way, this eatery is located at the back portion of an optical shop, owned by the same boss. That’s why I said that it is in a rather obscure location that one could easily overlook.

 6. mee sua (noodles) with a chicken drumstick in homemade red wine

6. mee sua (noodles) with a chicken drumstick in homemade red wine

Dining at City A1 Nes, I also had the opportunity to watch workers clean up bird’s nest that had been freshly harvested from “bird hotels”. It was interesting as I never understood how it was done. Plenty of work entailed, now I know.

7. wok-edge noodles + fish balls and fish cakes in soup

7. wok-edge noodles + fish balls and fish cakes in soup

I noticed that besides ready-to-drink bird’s nest, City A1 Nes has for sale raw bird’s nest that we can prepare ourselves. Some people even prefer to buy those that have bird feathers in them, as this reflects the authenticity of the nests. Personally, I prefer the ready-to-drink bird’s nest as it saves me the hassle of preparing it myself.

8. bird's nest for sale

8. bird’s nest for sale

As Chinese New Year is just around the corner, City A1 Nes has prepared gift hampers for sale, priced from RM338. It would make a really luxurious gift for those who know how to appreciate the value of bird’s nest.

9. bird's nest hampers as Chinese New Year gifts

9. bird’s nest hampers as Chinese New Year gifts

City A1 Nes
Add: Lot 94-95, No.15, Jalan Tok Perdana, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak (beside Pos Malaysia Sitiawan)
Business hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon – Sat)
Facebook: City A1 Nes

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