Snow Fungus Soup with Pear

Snow fungus soup is known for its beauty benefits. A simple trick in this recipe makes the Asian pear melt on your tongue to release its honey-like sweetness. Learn how to cook this easy sweet herbal soup in a double boiler, instant pot or pressure cooker.

5 stars

Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 240 mins


Shredded Pear with Snow Fungus

Malaysian, Cantonese, Singaporean

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Snow fungus is often used in Asian soups and drinks due to its health properties. Also known as white fungus, it is often cooked together with a sweet fruit and made into desserts. The nutrients from the snow fungus are said to be equivalent to that of the expensive bird's nest.

Just like bird's nest, snow fungus has anti-aging properties that are able to help in reducing collagen losses. One can definitely call it the poor man’s bird's nest because snow fungus is so much cheaper yet nutritious. Instead of using apple, I am using the Korean pear or also known as Nashi pear to prepare this dessert. Korean pears have plenty of health benefits too. Hence, this snow fungus soup is a definite health booster as it detoxifies, dissolves mucus, treats constipation, heals sore throat and relieves cough besides being a thirst quencher. In fact, this soup also helps to boost the immune system, according to traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.

Why this recipe works?

Instead of adding the pear in huge chunks, this recipes requires you to shred the pear. This makes a huge difference because the texture is comparable to the famous beauty elixir, the bird's nest. The doubling boiling process is subtle and it doesn’t disintegrate the ingredients. The shredded pear and snow fungus is so soft and it will almost melt as it touches your tongue.

Important tips when using snow fungus

Before using the snow fungus, hydrate it in water until it softens. Remove the hard parts of the snow fungus as only the soft parts are used to make the dessert. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of any impurities. The snow fungus should be cut into slices and the Korean pear, shredded. Once cooked, both ingredients combined well, thus making the dessert delightful to consume.

Asian pear or Chinese pear?

The Asian pear or Nashi pear belongs to the rose family. Thus, it is no surprise to smell the fragrant sweetness released by the pear after double boiling the soup for 4 hours. Although it takes quite long for this dessert to be ready but it is surely worth the effort. Moreover, double-boiling for long hours is a tradition that goes way back. It helps to lock in the nutrients as it gently cooks the soup.

If you are unable to find Nashi pear, use Chinese pear instead. It has a light yellow skin and can be found at your local grocer. I had tried using both types of pears in preparing this dessert. However, I noticed that the final result is different as the Chinese pear is not as sweet and juicy as the Nashi pear. That being the case, just sweeten the soup with another honey date or add more rock sugar.

Make your own double boiler

Traditionally, most Chinese households have a double boiler. Unfortunately, I do not possess one, so I had to be creative. I managed by placing the soup in a ceramic bowl and covering it with a plate before 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 has never encountered any problems. So, try this method if you do not own a double boiler.

Using the instant pot

Boil all ingredients in the instant pot for about 30 minutes at high heat. Ensure that there is enough water to avoid burning.

Using the pressure cooker

Add all ingredients including shredded pear into the pressure cooker and press soup. That's it!

Boiling over direct heat

Boiling the soup directly is also possible but the heat is much harsher compared to double boiling. A lot of nutrients is perceived to be lost if it is cooked directly over the stove. Admittedly, I sometimes do so as it does not take long for the ingredients to soften. Therefore, I guess it depends on the time and tools you have in hand. Either way, you will still be rewarded with a great and nutritious thirst quencher.


snow fungus
nashi pear
honey date(s)

Steps to Prepare

Snow Fungus Soup with Pear Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 1 snow fungus
    • 1 nashi pear

Hydrate snow fungus for at least 30 minutes or until it softens. Rinse snow fungus before cutting them into slices. Remove skin and core of pear. Shred the pear.

Snow Fungus Soup with Pear Step 2

Step 2 of 3

Add pear and snow fungus into a bowl. Add enough hot water to ensure it is covering all the ingredients.

Snow Fungus Soup with Pear Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • water
    • 1 honey date(s)

Add water into a pot. Place the bowl in. Add honey date. Cover bowl with a plate. Ensure the water in the pot reaches at least 1/3 of the bowl. Increase heat to bring to boil. Once water begins boiling, cover the pot. Reduce heat to the lowest and double boil soup for 4-6 hours. Enjoy soup warm or cold.

Published: March 10, 2018

3 Discussions

Susan Ng
a year ago

Susan Ng

Hi. If I shred the pears and boil in a pot instead of double boiling it. Would the shredded pears dissolve in the 1hr of hot boiling? Also, could I add north/south apricots AND lotus seeds plus the wolf berries? Thanks.

a year ago


You can boil directly, at the lowest heat. It shouldn’t dissolve. Of course, feel free to add some north/south apricots and lotus seeds.

Anne Foo
3 years ago

Anne Foo

I can't find Chinese nor Nashi pears where I live. Can I use Conference pears?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
3 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

I think Conference pears can work. Or Bosc or Anjou pears. Let us know the result.

4 years ago


Hi Grace I prepared this dessert but taste abit off and not sweet. Wonder could it be that I cook the stem too.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hey Evangeline, you shouldn't cook them stem/core of the pear. As mentioned in step 1, the core and skin should be removed.

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