Hello, foodie friends! How are you all doing, and what’s new on your side of the world? As for me, not much has changed – just the same old daily ramblings. But sometimes, the comfort of routine is all we need.
Today, I’m excited to share a delightful Chinese dessert that I love! This Pear and Snow Fungus Dessert is my ultimate comfort food, like a warm, cozy hug in a bowl. I believe this dessert is a favorite among many, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed both warm and cold, making it suitable for any season.
Let me introduce you to snow fungus, a natural tree fungus with various culinary and traditional medicinal uses. The Chinese have long believed that snow fungus strengthens the body and its organs, even providing beauty benefits by rejuvenating the skin. So, not only is this dessert delicious, but it might also make you feel flawless. Don’t we all want that?
The ingredients in this Pear and Snow Fungus Dessert not only offer a burst of flavors and lovely textures but also come with significant health benefits. Take the red dates, also known as Jujube, for example – a powerful fruit rich in essential vitamins and minerals. And let’s not forget the Goji berries, packed with antioxidants and medicinal properties. This dessert is a true powerhouse!
While optional, if you can get your hands on some pandan leaves, I highly recommend using them. They add a sweet fragrance to your dessert, much like how vanilla does in Western desserts.
So, let’s savor the warmth and goodness of this delightful Pear and Snow Fungus Dessert. Its perfect blend of flavors and added health benefits make it a nutritious thirst quencher. Whether you prefer it hot or cold, you’re in for a treat!
25 g dried snow fungus (soaked in water for at least 30 minutes)
50g Rock sugar
2-3 pandan leaves
Soak the snow fungus for at least 30 minutes. It should be fully immersed in the water. Soak it overnight if you prefer it to be much softer in texture when cooked. After soaking the dried snow fungus, trim away the yellow root portion, which is very tough. Cut/tear the snow fungus into small pieces.
In a medium/large thick-bottomed pot, add the snow fungus, sliced pear, pandan leaves and 3L water. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
Add the red dates and longan and cook for another 15 minutes.
Finally, add the rock sugar and goji berries.
Let it boil for a few more minutes and you are done. Do adjust the sugar levels according to your own preference.
Hi I’m Maya! I am a cooking/baking enthusiast and this is why mayakitchenette was founded. I started this blog somewhere in 2008 as I needed a platform to document and share my recipes mainly with my friends and relatives. 11 years down the road, I am glad that I am actually sharing recipes with readers from all over the world. <3
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