Dried White Fungus Soup

dried white fungusA while ago, while at the Asian Grocery store, DHM bought some dried white fungus because I thought it would be interesting to try and cook it. I never got around to finding out *how* to cook it, and so today (being bored of being sick) I thought I might try it. In some of my rambles through various websites with recipes, I came across one that said that white fungus soup was good for sore throats and coughs. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that hot broths are good for sore throats. We didn’t have everything for all the recipes, so here (as best I remember) is what I made:

Ingredients:
10 oz. container of dried white fungus
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP Cooking sherry
3 cups cooked chicken pieces
salt to taste

Directions:
Soak the fungus in warm water for about 20 minutes, and then cut off the hard yellow base. Combine the chicken broth, water, and soy sauce in a saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil. After it comes to a boil, add the rice vinegar, cooking sherry, and salt. Simmer for a few minutes, and then add the fungus. I cut the fungus up into smaller pieces when I added it. Add the chicken, and let simmer for half an hour. If you wanted, you could do uncooked chicken and let it cook for a couple hours. That way, I think the fungus would be more gelatinous. The way I did it, it was still pretty chewy. I don’t know for certain, though, that just seemed to be what the recipes said. Originally, I had only used 4 cups chicken broth, but there seemed to be an awful lot of fungus compared to the liquid and I had two cups left over in the can of chicken broth, so it got dumped in at the end.
It definitely soothed an aching throat and I think it tasted pretty good.

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