Peach Gum & Snow Lotus Seed Dessert Soup Recipe (桃胶雪莲子糖水) :
“Easy to cook, best to eat for its complexion and health benefits. 简单煮，人人爱的美容养颜圣品!”
A nourishing dessert soup that even Empress Dowager Cixi loved and had it as breakfast snacks on daily basis… Who elses not!
50g dried peach gum
20g snow lotus seed
20g dried lily bulbs
2pcs honey dates
3-5pcs red dates, deseed & sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1 pot water
20g 雪莲子 (皂角米)
Soak peach gum and lily bulbs separately in tap water overnight, or hot water for few hours until peach gum softened and expanded, lily bulbs turned softer. Use pincer to remove impurities in peach gum. Add all ingredients (except honey) into a pot. Add enough water (double the height of ingredients), high heat to boil. Lower heat and continue simmer for 30min. The dates should have already sweetened the dessert soup, but stirring in honey after heat off will make the dessert taste even more flavorful and enhance the nutritional value.
If you do not want to cook on direct fire, double boiling of at least 2 hours is fine.
Peach Gum: Peach gum is plant base. Its consistency is soft and smooth, after long cooking. Peach gum has a mouthfeel that pretty much resembles snow hashima without the “fishy” taste. Colour is translucently golden, very beautiful. Peach gum’s nutritional value is comparable with bird nest, but in a much more affordable way.
Snow Lotus Seed: Snow Lotus is also plant base. It will appear opaque white in color after cooked. Its consistency is soft and gluey to eat, after long cooking. Helps to increase blood invigoration, nourish liver, eliminate pleghm, regulate menstruation, protect completion, fight against aging, in general. Love the gluey yet chewy mouthfeel. It’s almost tasteless, and thus, blend well in any form of dishes.
Lily Bulb: Lily bulbs are good to nourish lungs, I would add this to most of my dessert cookings during this pandemic period, to help strengthen my body immunity and nourish my lungs, so as to reduce heatiness during this hot weather.
1 large serving of this goodness is less than 100kcal. It is delicious in both chilled and hot servings. Dieters, it’s for you! Just keep it simple, you will enjoy it daily.
Tips: Measurement of the ingredients is not fixed, add as much or little as you like. As for water, usually add until all ingredients are fully covered and above 2-3 inches, or more, if you like more soup.
* Other than lily bulbs, may choose to add other goodness that is great for lung nourishment eg snow fungus, snow pear or green papaya, too. It’s up to individual.
* Dried lily bulb to be soaked in water overnight, or pre-cook it for long hours until it turns soft. Otherwise, it will remain hard.
* If you intend to cook in large portion, you may keep the balance in fridge to enjoy it within the next 5 days.
If you like this dish, you might also like my Lung Nourishing Coconut White Fungus Herbal Chicken Soup (润肺椰子白木耳药材鸡汤)