I usually prepare a big pot of Chinese style dessert when the weather is hot, keep it in the fridge for a few hours and then eat it in the afternoon.
One such desserts that I cook often is Apple-White Fungus Soup (蜜汁银耳苹果). It is a clear soup that consists mainly of apple slices and white fungus, with a hint of cinnamon, star anise and tangerine peel flavour. I've read from some articles that such dessert helps to improve our complexion, especially when it contains white fungus which is believed to have the same benefits as bird's nests. Not sure if it is true, but it doesn't matter to me, as long as the soup tastes good and it helps to cool me down when the weather is unbearably hot.
Apple-White Fungus Soup Recipe (蜜汁银耳苹果)
8g white fungus
2 apples (peeled and sliced)
1/2 piece tangerine peel
1/4 piece star anise
1/2 cinnamon stick
60g rock sugar
1 tbs lemon juice
1) Soak the white fungus until softened, cut into small pieces.
2) Boil the water, add in white fungus and cook for 30 minutes.
3) Add in the rest of ingredients (except lemon juice) and cook for another 30 minutes.
4) Remove tangerine peel, star anise and cinnamon stick from the soup.
5) Add in lemon juice, let the soup cool to room temperature then keep it in the fridge for a few hours. Serve.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
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