As you know, the Belle has been ill lately, and the bout of sickness has left me looking a little haggard. I was looking for something simple and nourishing to bring back the glow, and suddenly thought of this recipe. I thought it would be good to share this simple, traditional recipe (which I found on another blog some time ago, but I forgot about.) with my beauties. Tastes good, and is good for your health, and your skin! Enjoy!
Snow Fungus with Rock Sugar
1 palm sized snow fungus (soaked for about 10- 15 mins, rinsed, stub cut off, and cut to pieces)
1/2 cup of cooked lotus seeds,washed (I use vacuum packed)
1/2 cup of small sago, soaked
Roughly 6 red dates, washed (You can use more or less according to your preference)
1/2 cup candied winter melon strips
rock sugar to taste
About 2 Litres water
-Bring water to boil in a pot.
-Add in all ingredients except the sago and rock sugar. Bring to boil again.
-Simmer on low heat about 30 minutes. Add in sago. Stir.
-Simmer for another 30 minutes or till desired consistency. Add rock sugar to taste.
-Enjoy hot, or serve iced, if your prefer.
Snow fungus has been often called the 'poor man's bird's nest' due to its economy, yet similar health and beauty benefits. Rich in collagen, frequent consumption may hep your skin to stay line free. In the view of traditional chinese medicine (TCM), It helps with 'dry' coughs, and is useful in building up the respiratory and immune system. It is also believed to help with high cholesterol and high blood pressure levels.
*Despite the benefits, care needs to be taken if you are suffering from diarrhea as snow fungus is rich in fibre, and has a mild laxative effect. Also, if your body is 'cold' it may not be suitable for you. When in doubt, consult your nearest TCM practitioner.
** I am not sure where it was from, but if you are the owner of this recipe or know where it is from, please do let me know so that I can do the proper crediting.
Hope you like this recipe! Take care, and see you soon, my beauties!