Saturday, April 23, 2011

Papaya and Snow Fungus Sweet Soup (Dessert)

This is a Hong Kong style sweet soup (tangshui). It is very easy to prepare. You can prepare more and keep some in small containers and put them in the refrigerator. You will definitely feel refreshed after drinking this soothing chilled dessert.

Besides sharing the recipe, I would also like to share with you some of the health tips below.

Snow fungus contains iron, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus.
White fungus is also said to be effective in nourishing the lungs, healing dry cough and clearing heat in the lungs.

Papaya is well known in preventing constipation and aiding digestion. It contains anti-oxidants that help in controlling premature ageing.. The high concentration of Vitamin C and Vitamin A boots our immune system. Papaya is also very good for the hair and helps in controlling dandruff. The anti-inflammatory properties in papaya will help reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis , edema and osteoporosis.

Sweet almond kernel tastes sweet. It is non-toxic and relieves cough. ,
Bitter almond kernel heals cough and expels phlegm. Bitter almond carries a slight trace of toxins (cyanide), hence please use it with extreme cautions.



2 kg almost ripe papaya
4 tablespoon sweet almond kernel
1 tablespoon bitter almond kernel
80 g dried snow fungus
360 g rock sugar or more
20 cups water (or more as you wish)


~~1)Soak dried fungus in water for 30 minutes until soft. Trim the thick yellowish base and tear softened snow fungus into little florets. Rinse again to remove grit. Drain in.
~~2)Skin and discard seeds of papaya. Cut into 2 cm cubes.
~~3)Rinse both sweet and bitter almond kernels.
~~4)Bring 20 cups of water to boil in a deep pot. Add snow fungus and both almond kernels and simmer over moderate heat for an hour. Add rock sugar and papaya cubes and continue to cook for ½ hour.
~~5)Serve hot or cold.

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