1Soak white fungus until it plumps up. Tear it into smaller pieces.
2Wash both types of almond and set aside.
3Bring water to a boil, put in white fungus, almonds and dates. Cook it for ½ hour. Add rock sugar and cook until sugar dissolves.
4Cut off the top part of the gong pear by half inch. Use a spoon to dig out the centre of the pear leaving 0.5 inch around the side and the bottom of the pear.
5Divide the cooked white fungus mixture between the two gong pears. Fill each pear to ¾ full. Put in dried longans and some of the flesh from the pear.
6Steam pears over simmering water for 25 to 30 mins or until the pears are just tender. Cover the pan.
7Serve them either warm or cold.
Photo: Robin Yong / Styling & Recipe: Cindy Koo