Mmm… sweet, light and heartwarming. That is what usually comes to mind when one thinks of a homemade Chinese dessert soup, and this snow fungus, date and wolfberry soup lives up to that image perfectly.
Health and beauty benefits
Replenish Yin (the cool and moist aspect) and moisturise the body
Replenish Qi (vital energy) and boost energy
Moisturise skin and improve complexion
Strengthen kidneys and liver
Ingredients (serves 4-5 people)
Snow fungus 银耳/白木耳 (15g) Chinese dates 大枣 (10 large / 20 small) Wolfberries 枸杞子 (10g) Water 水 (2L) Rock Sugar 冰糖 (to taste) Pandal leaves 香兰叶 (1 bunch)
Wash the snow fungus and remove the stems, then soak the snow fungus in water for 5 min.
Cook the snow fungus in water for 45 min.
Add all the rest of the ingredients in and cook for another 15 min.
Snow fungus (also called white fungus / silver ear mushroom)
Beauty properties: Snow fungus is well known for its properties of replenishing Yin (the cool and moist aspect) and moisturising the body. It is believed to keep the skin moist, improve the complexion and lighten spots on the skin. These properties are very similar to bird’s nest’s, and thus snow fungus is often touted as a cheaper alternative to bird’s nest.
Health benefits: Due to its moisturising effects, snow fungus is also often used as a home remedy for yin deficient conditions such as dry mouth, dry cough with little or no phlegm. Furthermore, snow fungus may have immune boosting effects and anti-cancer properties too. Snow fungus is rich in fiber, amino acids, vitamins B, D, E as well as minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron, selenium etc. Dates Dates are well known for replenishing Qi and Blood and strengthening the body. They also promote a rosy complexion. Read more about dates here. Wolfberries Aside from lending the dish a light, sweet flavour, wolfberries are also commonly used to strengthen the liver and kidneys, support better eyesight, promote healthier hair, moisturise the skin and body, and slow down the aging process. They are believed to promote healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels, and may have anti-cancer properties.
Names of Herbs
银耳 / Yín ěr / Snow fungus / White fungus / Tremella fuciformis 大枣 / Dà zǎo / Chinese red dates / Fructus Jujubae 枸杞子 / Gǒu Qǐ Zi / Wolfberry / Lycium Barbarum