Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus

Soup Name: Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus

Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨雪耳雞湯 (xuě lí xuě ěr jī tāng)

Introduction:

This end of autumn and into winter soup is slightly sweet, not too cooling and is deliciously simple to make.  With only a handful of ingredients, it is an ideal soup for the whole family and will have your kids asking for more.  Add more pears to sweeten it, but you can also use the Chicken Herbal Soup base to start as well.

What ingredients are required?

chicken (whole), skinned and quartered
2 whole dried snow fungus, cored and quartered
4 fresh snow pears, halved and cored

2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Rinse and soak dried snow fungus in a bowl of enough water to immerse it in for about an hour (or until soft)
  2. Clean and prepare the chicken
  3. Boil a pot of water to blanch the chicken in and when water boils, add in the chicken and boil for 2-3 minutes
  4. Drain and set aside
  5. Cut the soaked snow fungus into edible portions while discarding the core (which is usually very yellow and hard)
  6. Boil your soup water
  7. Prepare the snow pears by coring and halving (keeping the skin will prevent disintegration)
  8. Add all the ingredients together and boil on high for 30 minutes.  Reduce to a low boil for another hour.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of collagen (from the snow fungus)
  • Naturally sweet and packed with Vitamin C
  • Helps nourish the lungs, assist with cough and soothe the throat

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase snow fungus from a reputable source and rinse thoroughly before consumption

Chicken Feet, Snow Fungus and Apple Soup

Soup Name:  Chicken Feet, Snow Fungus and Apple Soup
 
Traditional Chinese Name: 雞爪雪耳 果湯 (tāng)

Introduction:
Chicken feet are very popular for use as the base meat in Chinese soups.  Snow fungus adds a delicious texture and the apples add a sweet tang to the soup.  This is a great winter soup.

What Ingredients are required?

6 pieces of chicken feet
2 large pieces of snow fungus
4 large fuji apples
1 tablespoon of apricot kernels
1 small piece (strawberry-sized) ginge
r (whole and skinned)
2 pieces of dried scallop

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your water soup
  2. In a separate pot, blanch the chicken feet and strain it removing any dirt and debris from the blanching
  3. Trim the nails and hardened skin from the chicken feet and add them to the boiling water of your soup
  4. Soak the snow fungus (approximately 2 large tennis ball-sized pieces) in cold water for 20 minutes) and cut into smaller pieces
  5. Wash, core, and quarter the apples
  6. Add the apples, snow fungus, dried scallops, and apricot kernels into the soup 
  7. Peel the ginger and throw into the soup whole
  8. Boil for at least 60-90 minutes on high heat.  The longer you boil it, the tastier the soup!

 Any benefits?

  • This soup derives most of its benefits from the snow fungus.

Any precautions?

  • None that I can think of.  Enjoy!