Saturday, November 15, 2008
Aloe Vera Sweet Soup
It's been a long time since I made some Chinese sweet soup.
I was doing my weekly marketing yesterday & came across some aloe vera blades at one of the stalls. A sweet soup idea came to my mind right away & without hesitating I bought 2 large blades.
Something I learnt from previous experience, never use a wooden chopping board to cut aloe vera. The green sap will leave a deep yellowish stain on the chopping board & it seems to be permanent there. I mind the stains on my chopping board so I ended up buying a new one. So now each time I have to cut a blade of aloe vera, I'll use a tempered glass chopping board for easier clean up. And, oh yes, wear a pair of disposable gloves too.
Peel the aloe vera & wash the green away until it's no longer sticky. Cut the gel into cubes & set aside for making the sweet soup.
2 Blades aloe vera, cleaned & cut into cubes
10 Pandan leaves, cleaned & tied into a knot
20 Dried red dates
2 Heads dried snow fungus
1/2 Cup dried longan
Rock sugar to taste
Soak both red dates & dried longan in hot water for 5 mins. Rinse & drain. Soak the snow fungus in a seperate bowl until they are well plumped up, tear them into small pcs & discard the harder yellow 'core', rinse several times under running water until they are clean.
Place 3L of water into a large pot, add pandan leaves, snow fungus, red dates & dried longan into it. Bring to boil, turn down heat & let it simmer for about 1hr. Discard pandan leaves, add rock sugar accordingly to taste. Turn off heat & add the aloe vera cubes into the soup, serve.