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Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus

Submitted by on November 2, 2011 – 9:41 pm6 Comments | 25,885 views

Soup Name: Fresh Snow Pears in Chicken Soup with Snow Fungus

Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨雪耳雞湯 (xuě lí xuě ěr jī tāng)


This end of autumn and into winter soup is slightly sweet, not too cooling and is deliciously simple to make.  With only a handful of ingredients, it is an ideal soup for the whole family and will have your kids asking for more.  Add more pears to sweeten it, but you can also use the Chicken Herbal Soup base to start as well.

What ingredients are required?

chicken (whole), skinned and quartered
2 whole dried snow fungus, cored and quartered
4 fresh snow pears, halved and cored

2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Rinse and soak dried snow fungus in a bowl of enough water to immerse it in for about an hour (or until soft)
  2. Clean and prepare the chicken
  3. Boil a pot of water to blanch the chicken in and when water boils, add in the chicken and boil for 2-3 minutes
  4. Drain and set aside
  5. Cut the soaked snow fungus into edible portions while discarding the core (which is usually very yellow and hard)
  6. Boil your soup water
  7. Prepare the snow pears by coring and halving (keeping the skin will prevent disintegration)
  8. Add all the ingredients together and boil on high for 30 minutes.  Reduce to a low boil for another hour.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of collagen (from the snow fungus)
  • Naturally sweet and packed with Vitamin C
  • Helps nourish the lungs, assist with cough and soothe the throat

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase snow fungus from a reputable source and rinse thoroughly before consumption
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  • Valerie says:

    Hi thanks for this great soup! My dad used to make something like it pretty frequently when I lived at home. I am at school now, so I don’t have access to snow fungus right now. Could I use wood ear or any other substitution?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Valerie,
    Yes, you can definitely use wood ear as a substitute, but you might not get as jelly as substance as wood ear tends to be less jelly like – however the effect is similar. Or, if you don’t have any snow fungus, you can forgo it altogether. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you. This was delicious! I love snow fungus. How about an app for my iphone that I can access while grocery shopping??? 🙂

  • Lilacs says:

    I have some reg Bosc pears on hand. Can I use them instead of snow pears?


  • Kristin says:

    Hi Valerie,

    I was wondering is it OK to consume chicken when coughing badly? Cuz what I heard from old folks it’ll make it more worst and make the throat become more itchy? Or is it just a myth?

  • charm says:

    hello! i just want to say how much i appreciate your website! i made this soup when i had a pretty bad case of bronchitis and cough and it helped me to heal so much faster! thank you!

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