The weather has been warm recently. Of course this is common in Singapore. What is more common at home, is my mum will always make some cooling sweet soup dessert for us to “cool” our body in this always warm weather. When I said “cool”, the dessert may be served warm but it could reduce the heatiness in our body. This is very much a terminology in the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment method, which describes the factors that could cause certain types of illnesses. The factors can be food or weather-related. Take for example, mango and durians as well as chocolates are considered “heaty” food which will cause “heatiness” in our body and may result to certain ailments. Conversely, watermelons are considered “cold” food and could cause ailments from excessive “coldness”. To balance the heatiness in our body, we may consume some cooling food but not excessive.
I am introducing this dessert which preferably serves warm but I personally like it cold, the Snow Fungus Red Dates Dessert. Snow Fungus is also known as Tremella fuciformis. Apparently, good quality snow fungus is pale, yellowish-white colour and has a mucilage-like texture. Snow fungus has been used by Chinese herbalists for thousands of years as tonic herb as well as beauty enhancer to improve complexion. Snow fungus is known to help in fighting infection and inflammation, lower blood cholesterol, protects liver, anti-tumor activity and may slow the ageing process.
Red dates have been known as the “king of nuts” for their rich nutritional value. Red dates are abound with Vitamins A, B1, B2, protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. They are believed to improve immunity, decrease blood cholesterol, prevent gallstones and prevent osteoporosis and anemia. Red dates have 70-80 times higher in Vitamin C than grapes and apples!
With so many benefits, how could you miss this dessert?
I was told not to eat snow fungus at night as it is “cooling” and night is always considered “cold”. So, I obey. Anyway, I do not eat much at night.
I used wild snow fungus which are more expensive than the bleached type as it has more health benefits and more chewy texture. For the red dates, halved them to infuse the soup with the red dates’ sweetness. Soaking the snow fungus to soften it and helps to remove any residual. Similarly, rinse the rock cane sugar and red dates to remove dust and dirt.
This is a very easy and simple dessert for your family’s wellbeing. Try it!
1. Soak the snow fungus for at least 2 hours or just leave them overnight. Drain them.
2. Rinse the red dates, then deseed and halve them.
3. Rinse the rock cane sugar.
1. Put the white fungus, red dates and rock cane sugar into the pot of 1.5 litre of water.
2. Bring to boil on high heat.
3. When boiling, turn to low heat, covered and let it boil for an hour.
4. Taste for sweetness and adjust to taste.
5. Serve warm or put in the fridge as cold dessert.
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