Wednesday, March 2, 2011

White Fungus & Gingko Nuts Dessert

Okay, it is a known fact. The Chinese believe in balancing the yin and yang whereas the Indians, we eat lots of curries, sweat and still continue eating without thinking of how to cold down the body. That's why it is nice to have Chinese friends because you can learn a thing or two about how to stay healthy. Still, not to say the Chinese live longer compared to the Indians, eventually there will be a cut off point.

Anywhere lets forget about that for the time being because it is now on how to cool down the body. So, so, so. as I learned from my Chinese friends, quite simple actually. Buy the ingredients for such a dessert, either individually or the pre-packed ones from the Chinese shops, rinse, soak and simmer the fungus, dried longans, gingko nuts, rock sugar and pandan/screwpine leaves. The result  - a refreshing, nutritious and soothing dessert.

30g white fungus (soak for 1/2 hour, remove the hard piece in the center and tear into pieces)
60g dried longan (soak for 20 mins)
160g gingko nuts
40g rock sugar (more or less) 
5 screwpine/pandan leaves (knot together)
3/4 liter of water

Add water,white fungus and pandan leaves into a pot.
Simmer over very low heat for about 1/2 hour.
By now, fungus will be soft and nicely doubled up.
Put in longan, gingko nuts and rock sugar.
Continue to simmer for another 20 mins.
Remove from heat.
Can be served chilled or with ice cubes.
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  1. yes...very cooling. if got snow fungus, add in that one also very good

  2. This is lovely. You can add gingko and lotus nuts together.

  3. Nava, I'm impressed to see a non-Chinese making this dessert. Well done!

  4. the white fungus and ginko nuts have a lot of health benefits. great dessert and healthy for you too!

  5. Small Kucing & May-Lin - yep, got to agree that this is a healthy dessert and adding snow fungus will also be great.

    Shirley - being a Malaysian, we have a combination of Indian, Malay, Chinese and many more types of food.

  6. Ivynana - thanks for yr comments.

  7. Hi Nava, this is so cooling and refreshing. Good for complexion too, :)


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