abcdefg Posted June 30, 2016 at 12:34 AM Report Share Posted June 30, 2016 at 12:34 AM Lots of Chinese medicine tastes nasty, but steamed pears with rock sugar (冰糖蒸雪梨) is a notable and delicious exception. According to TCM, this concoction helps cure dry cough by dissipating excess internal heat and moisturizing the lungs. That is usually termed 润肺 or 补肺。 I made some yesterday. Let me take you through the process. Snow pears 雪梨 are about the size of a tennis ball and more or less round. In the west they are sometimes called "Asian pears." The ones I bought here in Kunming were more expensive than common smaller pears, which often have odd shapes, scars and blemishes. They were even individually wrapped with thin plastic and woven cushion mesh. Still, they were far from prohibitive, at about 8 yuan per kilo. First wash the pear and slice the bottom so that it will be able to stand straight while cooking. Then cut off a section of the top and retain it as a cap. Remove the seeds and hollow out the base by using the tip of a paring knife and a small spoon. Add some rock sugar 冰糖 and, if you wish, a few gouqi berries 枸杞 (aka wolfberry) as well. Don't fill the cavity completely full since the pear will release juice as it steams. The best 枸杞 come from Ningxia 宁夏。 Reattach the cap with three or four toothpicks. Put it in a shallow bowl that you then set in a covered steamer. It's ready after simmering an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how large and how ripe your pear was when you began. When finished, it should be tender but not mushy. Easy to check it by sticking it with a toothpick. Lift it out and let it cool an hour or so if you can stand to wait that long. When it reaches room temperature or becomes mildly warm, remove the cap. You can eat it like that with a spoon or you can slice it up. If your steamer pot is large enough, it's easy to make several at the same time. I've read that the pear can also be sliced initially and cooked with the other two ingredients in a covered ceramic soup dish 盅 like Cantonese steamed soup. Several other variations include making this with fluffy white mushrooms 白木耳 and sliced dry jujubes 红枣。The best 红枣 come from Xinjiang 新疆。 Give it a try it and see what you think. Chances are good that will help your cough and leave you with a smile. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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