Snow fungus soups are one of the popular Chinese desserts. There are many variations to it and one of the more well known combination uses apples. Apple snow fungus soup is easy to prepare and very nutritious. Within the Chinese community, it is also known as “tong shui”, literally translated to sugar water. These soup desserts are not only sweet as the name suggests but also healthy.
Due to the high percentage of collagen contained in snow fungus, it is popular food for the skin in Asian cultures. Chinese ladies uses this as a cheaper option to expensive herbs for beautiful skin. According to traditional Chinese medicine, snow fungus is said to help in healing dry coughs. Since it and clearing heat in the lungs.
Snow fungus can be bought dry in Asian grocers. There are no substitutes to snow fungus.
Apricot seeds used are of the 南杏 (south) and 北杏 (north) types. The apricot seeds can be found at Asian grocers. They may look similar but they are different! South and north apricot seeds have lots of vitamins.
You can omit north and south apricot seeds from the recipe, if you are unable to find them. Instead, add some gingko seeds which will work perfectly with this soup.
You may also double boil the soup for ca. 4-6 hours while it will take about 1 hour with a pressure cooker. If you don't have a double boiler, you may place the soup in a ceramic bowl and covering it with a plate, then double boiling it in a cast iron pot. This works just as well as a double boiler. I had been using this method for years now and had never encountered any problems. Watch the video of pear with white fungus recipe to see how it is done.
This dessert may be served either cold or warm, depending on your preference. Great for winter and even the very warm weather to cool the body heat.
Just because this dessert has lots of vitamins, you should not simply over indulge. As it is ‘cooling to the body’, enjoy this dessert moderately (i.e. once every week) and also depending on the health situation of your body.
Apple and Snow Fungus Soup is also known as: Snow Fungus Soup with Apple
Hydrate snow fungus by soaking them in water overnight or for at least 4 hours. Once snow fungus softens, remove areas which are hard.
Remove the skin and core of the apple. Then, chop apple into equal chunks. In a pot, add water and cook over high heat. Once the water boils, add apple, red dates, apricot seeds and snow fungus. When it begins boiling again, reduce the heat to the lowest and simmer soup for about 30 minutes or until apple softens. Sweeten with rock sugar. Enjoy it chilled or warm.