White fungus, also known as snow ear fungus, is an edible fungus that grows on various deciduous trees in Asia. White fungus is flavorless but has an unusual, slippery, crunchy, gelatinous texture once re-hydrated. It is considered having many health benefits.
Popular in Chinese cuisine and used in Chinese medicine for centuries, white fungus can be used in both sweet and savory soups and well as stir-fries.
Steamed pear and almond soup with white fungus is thought to nourish and moisturize the lungs and skin, to quench thirst and expel phlegm. To use, soak the white fungus in plenty of water (or stock) for half an hour - it will multiply in size and turn semi-transparent. Trim away the hard base of the fungus. Add to stir fries and soups.
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