Longan and Snow Fungus Sweet Soup (龙眼雪耳糖水)

It’s a very Cantonese thing to cook soups – both savory and sweet. This was my first attempt at making a sweet soup since I have some snow fungus which I previously used for chicken soup. I was just wondering how should I use it up and it occurred to me that I could make this dessert. This dessert soup can be eaten both warm and cold. Personally, I prefer it cold as it’s more refreshing especially given the hot weather recently. I estimated the amount of ingredients so I did not exactly follow the portions as listed. I also used my multi-use tea pot’s sweet soup setting.

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Ingredients

  • 40 gm snow fungus
  • 2 litres of water
  • 5 pandan leaves (optional)
  • 50 gm dried longan
  • 20 red dates
  • 100 gm gingko / lotus nuts (optional)
  • 120 gm rock sugar (can be reduced)

Steps

  1. Soak snow fungus until puffed up and soften. Trim and discard the dark yellow hard part of the center of the fungus. Cut to small pieces and put into pot.
  2. Add all ingredients except gingko nuts into pot and bring to boil for 20 mins. Add the gingko nuts and continue to simmer for 1 hr or more depending on how soft you want the ingredients.
  3. Add rock sugar to taste and stir to make sure sugar is fully dissolved.  Remove the panda leaves and serve warm or chilled.

 

Recipe adapted from

http://www.noobcook.com/white-fungus-with-longan-and-ginkgo/2/

Traditional New Year Cake 传统年糕

My mum used to make the traditional nian gao at home most of the time unless she was really busy else we never eat the outside ones. I don’t like the outside ones as they are mostly too sweet and I am pretty sure they add preservatives as even mold don’t grow on it even after months. I found this simple recipe via Youtube and adjusted the portion size accordingly and the end result speaks for itself.

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Ingredients (Makes 1 cake) 

  • 100 gm glutinous rice flour
  • 50 gm wheat starch (澄面粉)
  • 1 piece of brown sugar stick (片糖)
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 200 ml of water
  • Some oil to grease the steaming container

 

Steps

  1. Melt the brown sugar stick and spoonful of brown sugar with the water.
  2. Mix the glutinous flour together with the wheat starch with a whisk
  3. Pour the hot sugar water into the flour mixture bit by bit and stir until there are no more lumps. Sift mixture if there are a lot of lumps.
  4. Grease aluminium pan or baking pan with oil
  5. Pour mixture into pan and steam for 1 hour

Recipe from Josephine’s Receipes

http://yummyeasycooking.blogspot.sg/2013/05/one-popular-desert-eaten-during-chinese.html

Brown Sugar Tang Yuan

This is a super simple recipe that I use to cook tangyuan 汤圆 when it’s Winter Solstice or 冬至. My personal favorites are peanut and sesame tangyuan – I am not too particular about the brands since they all taste about the same to me but SpringHome brand might come with peanut powder which is good to use for Muah Chee.

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Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 2 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 300ml of water
  • Pandan leaf (optional)
  • Pack of frozen tangyuan – 5 pieces for one serving

Steps

  1. Boil water and mix with brown sugar, stir to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Add frozen tangyuan and cook.
  3. Tangyuan is cooked when it floats up to the surface of the water.
  4. Serve and eat while hot.