The precious thing that I brought back from Taiwan is the coral seaweed flourishing in the island. It is sold in either fresh or dried form, which of course we bought the dried ones. It was recommended by a shop owner who we met while touring the wet market in Hua Lian. It is called the Sea Bird Nest as it is rich in collagen, the protein which is responsible for beautiful and firm skin plus a good protection for wearing down body joints.
The unprocessed dried seaweed covered in sea salt.
Soak seaweed in water till expanded. Change water frequently till free of sea salt and seaweed turns transparent and feel gelatinous.
Cut seaweed into manageable pieces and store in freezer for later use
When boiling soup throw in a handful of the seaweed for anti-aging.