Papaya and Snow Fungus Sweet Soup
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Bee Leng | The Burning Kitchen
Learn how to make a refreshing sweet soup with anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting snow fungus and juicy tropical papaya to fight off the summer heat, asian style!
Papaya, ripe and firm
Soak the Snow Fungus in a bowl of tap water until it expands to double its size when dry. It take should about 20mins.
Discard the water and wash the Snow Fungus thorough to ensure there are no grainy particules stuck to it.
Use a scissor to trim off the stem (dark yellow part at the base of the Snow Fungus), then tear the Snow fungus into bite sized pieces.
Use a knife to remove the skin of the papaya. Next, cut it lengthwise into half, remove the seeds, and give it a rinse.
Cut the papaya into chunks and set aside.
Remove the seed from the red dates. Then rinse and set aside.
Wash the pandan leaves. Then take the 8 leaves, fold it into half and tie a knot.
Rinse the Nan Xing and Bei Xing and set aside.
In a pot, add in 2 litres of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Once boiling, put in the knot of pandan leaves and boil for about 10 mins.
Remove the pandan leaves and discard.
Put the snow fungus, nan xing, bei xing and rock sugar into the pot and boil over medium heat for about 35 mins.
Add in the papaya, red dates and wolfberries and continue to boil for another 15 mins. Serve either hot or chilled.
Do not buy papaya which is too ripe
, or it will disintegrate in the process of cooking.
Do not buy snow fungus that is very white in color.
Often it has been bleached till it turned white.
Avoid snow fungus which is dark orangy colored
as it is not fresh and has been sitting on the shelf for a long time. Fresh unbleached dried snow fungus should be light yellowish in color.
Do not boil the pandan leaves for too long
or it will turn a little bitter.
Some red dates, especially the maroon coloured ones are extra sweet.
Don't add too many of these red dates otherwise the soup will be too sweet.
Wash the wolfberries only when you are about to put them into the soup
otherwise they will turn soggy.
Don't cook snow fungus too long
if you like to them to be more crunchy. The longer you cook snow fungus, the softer and more gluey it will be. Personally I prefer the crunchy type.
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