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)

Ingredients:
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
60g honey
1 tbs lemon juice
1L water

Method:
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.

13 Comments:

Tricia Lee-Chin said...

Your dessert sounds delicious! I have lots of apples (went apple picking 2 weekends ago). Can't wait to try this!

Thanks!

Chubbypanda said...

Looks perfect for beating the heat. We're got wildfires everywhere here in Southern California. The weather and air conditions are awful.

Tricia Lee-Chin said...

Made this the other day. My hubby didn't like it. But my son and I 'sapu' everything!!! Slurp!!!

Thanks for the recipe.

Piggy said...

Hi Tricia,

Glad to know that you like the dessert. It's yummy and refreshing, isn't it? ;-)

Hi Chubby panda,

I've read about the fire in the paper and it looked terrible. Hope that everything goes well for you. :-)

David Hall said...

This looks beautiful - not so sure on the name 'fungus' being in the title of a dessert but I would still eat it!

Cheers
Dabid

Piggy said...

Hi David,

Thanks for dropping by!

White fungus is used in this dessert. You can see how it looks like in my other blog post, it's shown in the second picture: http://piggyscookingjournal.blogspot.com/2007/04/steamed-bamboo-pith-rolls.html.

Mandy said...

my ex-housemate introduced me to this dessert a couple of years ago. She didn't use cinnamon, lemon and star anise though. Your version sounds delicious. Inspired me to revisit this old recipe since apples are abundant here. :)

Piggy said...

Hi Mandy,

My mom made this dessert without the spices as well. but I think my version taste better... haha! :-P

sweet-tooth said...

Hi!
This dessert looks really good ;)
May i know what apples you used?
Thanks :D

Piggy said...

Hi sweet-tooth,

Thanks!

I used Fuji apples. I think any kind of apple will do just fine... :-)

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Cassandra said...

Hi ~!! I tried this today ~!! It was great ! I add alot more lemon to the dessert though ... : D LOVE IT..

Mind sharing other Tang Shui recipes that u have? I cant get any here ....

Piggy said...

Hi Cassandra,

Glad that you enjoy the dessert!

I've not been cooking any tang shui recently. But I'll look for other recipes to try out and post, stay tune!