Snow Fungus, 'Suet yee' in Cantonese ...... Tremella fuciformis and other names like Silver Tree, ear fungus, white muer, are wobbly fungus commonly found on various types of trees especially in Asian countries and other warmer climates worldwide. The name is probably derived from its white pale colour and more or less ball shape.
There are 2 types of this edible fungus, one is crunchy and the other is jelly-like, a 'poor' man's substitute of Birds Nest! The superior quality is light yellowish. It's tasteless, almost transparent, enjoyed for its jelly-like texture in savoury soups or desserts and also for its supposed medicinal benefits.
Snow fungus contains iron, vitamin C, calcium, phospherous and the gum like proten in it is especially nourishing to the body. It's supposed to lower cholesterol, fight inflammation, cure dry cough, may slow the aging process, helps strengthen the respiratory system and help prevent cold. A word of caution, take it before catching cold and NOT while having a cold.
Snow fungus, broken up into small pieces, soak in water till soft, discard the stub and any hard parts.
Sugar-cane rock sugar and a piece of Snow fungus, whole, before soaking in water
Adding in some pumpkin pieces makes this dessert more nutritious and colourful too!
A refreshing bowl of Pumpkin and Snow fungus sweet, all ready to be enjoyed ....... Mmmmmmm
Recipe for Pumpkin Snow Fungus Dessert
400 gm pumpkin
30 gm snow fungus
8 cups water
150 gm rock sugar or to taste
2 to 3 screwpine/pandan leaves
Break up the snow fungus into small pieces,
soak till soft, discard the stubs and any hard parts
Remove the skin from the pumpkin,
discard the fibres
Bring to the boil 8 cups of water,
screwpine leaves and rock sugar
Once the sugar has dissolved,
add in the snow fungus, boil for about 10 mins.
Add in the pumpkin cubes
Let it boil for another 20 mins.,
or till pumpkin is soft
Ladle into a bowl,
Note : Can beat in an egg white, if desired.
This dessert can be served hot or chilled