Friday, November 5, 2010

Chinese Soup - Snow Fungus & Red Dates Chicken Soup

Snow fungus or silver ear fungus or literally called "white wood ear" in Chinese or in it's scientific name  Tremella Fuciformis is a species of fungus which is light yellowish white in colour, almost translucent and gelatinous & wobbly looking.  It is widely used in Chinese cooking and medicine. In medicine it is used to enhance body liquids, to cure dry coughs, heart palpitations and also for the nervous system. It is also used to help improve skin tone. Studies have found that it also demonstrates anti-tumor activity, lowers levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol), protects the liver, and fights inflammation.

Here's my take on a tasty nutritious soup  incorporating snow fungus for its many health benefits.

Dried Snow Fungus

6 Cups or 1 1/2 litre Chicken Broth
8-10 Red Dates
White Fungus
Dried Conch Flesh
Salt to taste

How to cook:
Dried Conch

1) Soak dried fungus & dried conch till soften.
2) Put all ingredients into a pot and boil gently for 1 hour.
Add salt to taste. Done.

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