Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bite me: 雪耳汤 Snow Fungus soup

When it comes to Chinese desserts, 'chocolaty' and 'creamy' aren't the first words that come to mind. And that's actually a good thing. After eating heavy meals, something more relaxing on the tummy should be considered and that's where Chinese desserts take the cake, no pun intended.  They balance salty with sweet, spicy with bland or hot with cold right next to yin and yang, food for the spirit man.

One night, after a pepper-laden dinner, there came Snow Fungus soup to rescue my roaring insides. From the first bite, I immediately knew that the world would be a little safer that night.

Tremella fociformis is commonly known as Snow, White Wood or Silver Ear Fungus and is the main ingredient in this soup. It works well for anti-aging, dry coughs and boosting the immune system when eaten over a long period of time. In the short term, it cools down the digestive and circulatory system so it's perfect on hot days with hot food.

The soup is so easy prepare. It can be flavored with nuts, fruits and spices to blend with the soft, yet crunchy yumminess of the fungus so feel free to make it as nutritious as possible.

Snow White Forest Soup

30g dried Snow fungus
Handful of Goji berries
Handful of dried Jujube (optional)
Sugar to taste

1. Soak fungus in hot water until well swollen.
 Strain and cut out any discoloured pieces.

2. Bring fungus to a boil for about 3 minutes.

3. Place goji berries and jujube in a bowl.
 Add fungus and boiling water and then sweeten to taste

4. Refrigerate and served chilled.