White fungus is said to have similar medical value as bird nests. And it tastes pretty good with rock sugar, longan, and dried dates. I wanted to add eucheuma too but I will have to soak it for a day first. So I just cooked these four ingredients together and it's very good and it tastes very similar to bird nest. I cooked this a little longer so the soup got thicken a bit. This dessert is best eaten chilled and with a couple cubes of ice. So refreshing!
50 grams white fungus (soak for 30+ minutes)
80 grams dried longan (soak 1+ hour)
70 grams dried dates (soak 1+ hour)
200 grams rock sugar
4 liters water
1. Cook soaked dried dates with water for about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Rinse the dried longan first to get rid of dirt and then soak with 2 cups of water. Save the clean part of the water to add into the soup later.
3. Clean the soaked white fungus and cut into small chunks. Remove the hard yellow center.
4. Boil the 4 liter water plus the clean longan water. Add in the white fungus. Bring to boil. Then add in the red dates and then on medium low heat to slow boil for 20 minutes.
5. Add in the longan meat and boil for another 10 minutes.
6. Add in the rock sugar to taste and cook for another 10 minutes.
7. Cool and then refrigerate. Serve chilled with ice.