Bird's nest is one of Chinese delicacies and there are 3 types of bird's nests : white, blood and feather. The white one is the best of all. It is useful to ease coughing, fatigue and diarrhoea. And it is believes to help the body to recuperate after illnesses and hence it is a tonic for our bodies.
I have a pack of bird's nest from the CNY hamper so I used up one piece over the weekend. We also have some unprocessed bird's nests that we bought from my SIL that are full of feathers and impurities that I have no time to clean and use yet. Another day for that.
Very simple to prepare the bird's nest. I just soak for an hour or so. I used some big red dates too. About 6 red dates.
Toss the washed red dates and bird's nest in slow cooker and put on high heat. Let it cook for 3 hours.
Off the slow cooker, toss in a lump of rock sugar to taste. Give it a stir and let the rock sugar melt before serve it warm or cold.
You can add a knot of 2 pandan leaves (screwpine leaves) together with the bird's nest like what I did here to give that fragrant taste.