Thursday, 2 October 2014

Chinese Dessert Soup

dried longans, honey dates and wolfberries

It is simply healthy Chinese Dessert Soup. You may find it in every Chinese shops. I love having had some desserts after meals. When I came across this dessert soup. I attempt to cook this.

Snow fungus is a good tonic for the elderly and especially helpful for those with weak respiratory and immune system. It nourishes the lungs and is effective as a home remedy to treat dry coughs.

Also known as the white fungus, its high collagen content is said to provide similar health and beauty benefits as bird nests, but is much affordable to most people. If you want your skin to stay beautifully clear, youthful and wrinkle-free, take snow fungus more frequently.

How to choose white fungus? Select good quality dried snow fungus that is pale and slightly yellowish in color. Too white ones indicate they have been bleached. Snow fungus are found at local supermarkets and Chinese herbal shops.
PIC (A) Snow Fungus expands 1-2 times its original size

Serves : 4         Prep : 5 mins         Cook : 45 mins


1.5 Litre Water
2 Piece Snow Fungus, about the size of your palm
10-15 Pieces Dried Longan
10-15 Red Dates
Half size Wolfberries
4 1/2  Honeycomb Sugar 


1. Soak snow fungus in a large bowl filled with water for 15 minutes or until soft. It will expand in water, about 1-2 times its original size and become almost translucent. See in the Pic (A).

2. Remove and rinse to remove dirt particles. Using your hands, tear the discolored parts and hard stem and make them into small florets. Rinse thoroughly and drain the water.

3. In a large pot, add the soaked snow fungus and the other ingredients (expect honeycomb sugar).

4. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer slowly for about 30 minutes - 45 minutes. When the water turns brown in color and all ingredients are tender, then add honeycomb sugar to taste.

5. Serve warm or chilled.