WHITE FUNGUS LOTUS SEED DESSERT
Makes 4 servings 1 piece dried white fungus 20 pieces lotus seeds 7 pieces dried red dates 1½ litres water ½ tbsp wolfberries 12 pieces rock sugar
1 Wash white fungus thoroughly and soak overnight in water. It will plump up and become soft and translucent. Rinse well and snip into smaller pieces.
2 Wash lotus seeds and soak in clean water for 1 hour, or until they soften.
3 Wash red dates. Cut into half and remove the seeds.
4 In a pot, bring water to a boil and put in white fungus, lotus seeds and red dates. Simmer for 30 minutes.
5 Add in wolfberries and rock sugar, and cook until sugar dissolves. Taste to adjust sweetness. Serve hot.
Annie Yang, a traditional Chinese medicine enthusiast, contributed the recipe and nutrition tips. You can book her confinement meal service at Dine Inn (www.dineinn.com).
Both lotus seeds and white fungus are good sources of protein. The latter is also believed to benefit the skin and digestive system.