Snow Fungus Soup with Pears (bīngtáng yín’ěr dùn xuělí, 冰糖银耳炖雪梨) is a Chinese dessert soup usually served on special occasions like Chinese New Year.
Snow fungus and pear sweet soup is a common dessert in most Chinese families. This dessert is good for treating dry cough as snow fungus helps to nourish the body, lungs, and stomach, and because red dates contain loads of vitamins. It is a very quick and easy to prepare this nourishing dessert by simply simmering the ingredients for 30 minutes. It is very refreshing to serve this sweet soup chilled and it quenches thirst, especially in our humid weather.
The main ingredients are, you guessed it, snow fungus and pears.
Snow fungus, also known as ‘white wood ear’ is a natural tree fungus. You’re probably more familiar with the more common wood ear fungus which is a dark brown colour.
Snow fungus is a naturally sweet ingredient that tends to detoxify the body and replenish energy. It can also cure coughs and is said to be anti-inflammatory as well. Both these properties play a role in reducing inner body heat, also known as yang.
The addition of pear in the soup provides benefits such as micronutrients which are important for cardiovascular health. Pears are also used in Chinese cooking for their moistening and cooling effect. Snow fungus and pear soup is a great way to counter hot weather during the summer months.
Snow Pear White Fungus Soup
2-3 Asian pears
1 cup dried snow fungus
2 tbsp dried goji berries
¼ cup Chinese red dates/jujubes
8 cups water
rock sugar to taste
- Soak the dried snow fungus in a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes or overnight until they become rehydrated and soft.
- While the fungus is soaking, clean and peel the pears before removing the core and slicing them into bite-sized chunks. Rinse off the goji berries and Chinese red dates as well.
- When the snow fungus has softened, remove the hard slightly darker bottom center of the fungus using a pair of scissors. Then cut the fungus into bite-sized pieces.
- After, add the water to a large pot and bring it to a boil. Then add in the snow fungus and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
- Once 30 minutes have passed, add in the remaining ingredients. Add in the rock sugar depending on your preference for sweetness.
- Let the soup simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the pears become soft and tender.
- Snow fungus and pear soup is best served hot. Enjoy!