Pear is one of my favourite fruits! I guess I just love everything that's have a crunchy texture. It's juicy, refreshing and most importantly, available all year around and not expansive.
Among all regional varieties of Chinese cuisine, Cantonese cuisines is probably the most renowned for food therapy using causal ingredients in day-to-day dishes. In simple terms, it is all about eating the right food at the right time and make the food delicious and pretty. In Chinese, it is called "不時不食", means "eat with the season", eat most foods only when they are in season.
The most well known example would be slow cooked soup and sweet soup. Cantonese food therapy is always about soup. Herbal soup for fall/winter to moisturize your body whereas veggie soup for calming your body during the heatwave in summer.
Pear(I especially mean Asian pear, the ones with yellow skin), is an excellent example of the Cantonese cuisine theory. Although you see them all year round, they naturally harvest in fall.
This dessert is served warm. Especially good for ones who is suffering from coughing and dry throat. You will feel this smooth sweet pear soup with the hint of apricot kernels scent slowly calm the dry throat and warm your stomach. It also helps to moisturize your skin.
Take care and keep healthy!
Stewed Pear with White Fungus and Rock Candy
Apricot kernels // 2 tsp
Water // 2 cup
Rock candy // 1 tbsp
White fungus (optional) // 2 tbsp
Asian pear // 2
1. Wash the apricot kernels and pat dry. Place in a small pan over low heat to toast (or you can use the oven, just like how to toast nuts), until slightly golden on the edge or you can smell the scent.
2. Meanwhile prepare the pear bowls. Use an apple Corer to core, and carefully scoop out the fruits without breaking it. Save the fruits for next step.
3. Pour the water into a small pan over medium heat, bring it to boil. Add in kernels and fruits, simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat. Add in rock sugar in last 5 minutes.
4. Discard the fruits from the sweet water. Pour the sweet water(along with the kernels and white fungus) into the pear bowls. Place them in the steamer over low heat for another 30 minutes.
1. Don't scared by the name white fungus. It is a very common ingredients in Chinese food therapy with the use of smoothing and moisturizing. Just think about mushroom, it's like the cousin of mushrooms ;)
2. I'd like to discard the fruits from the soup because of the pear bowl size and also it loses the texture after the simmering process. It's up to you to keep them or not.
南北杏 // 2 tbsp
雪耳(可不加) // 2 tbsp
冰糖 // 1 tbsp
水 // 2 cup
雪梨 // 2