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Snow Fungus Dessert Soup (雪耳糖水)

Try this Chinese Snow Fungus Soup to nourish your body with a refreshing dessert. It's SO easy, it becomes a 30 minute set and forget recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
Servings: 8
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Jeannette


  • 3 L / 13 US cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 100 g / 0.22 lb snow fungus (or to preference)
  • 30 g / 0.06 lb dried longan
  • 30 g / 0.06 lb lotus seeds
  • 25 g / 0.05 lb pearl barley
  • 20 g / 0.04 lb goji berries
  • 12 red dates (pitted)
  • 200 g / 0.44 lb rock sugar (or to taste)


  • Soak the fungus in hot water for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly to remove any dirt. Let it drip dry in a colander.
  • At the same time, soak the lotus seeds and pearl barley in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Use scissors to cut the parts around the hard dark orange center.
  • Cut the pieces into smaller chunks roughly 10cm (4") long or to the size of your preference.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a pot and throw in the lotus seeds and pearl barley. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the fungus in and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the dried red dates and longan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rock sugar in and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the goji berries in, simmer for 5 minutes and serve immediately as is!
    Note: If you prefer Snow Fungus Soup with a softer texture, let it cook for longer until it has reached your desired consistency.


  • Simmer it for longer. The longer it slow cooks, the more time the dessert has to soften and thicken. You'll end up with a silky and melt-in-mouth experience!
  • Add the goji berries in last. Goji berries can develop a sour taste when left to cook for too long, so adding them in towards the end will be just enough time for them to open.
  • Use other natural sweeteners as well. Fruits and herbal ingredients like pears, apples, black dates, or gingko nuts are a great way to add more flavor and nutrition.
  • You can get all the dried ingredients from Chinese supermarkets in the dried goods section or from a Chinese herbal medicine shop.
  • The dried red dates can be purchased pitted or with the seed, but both will taste the same. We used the pitted ones for convenience.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg