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White Fungus Soup

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While the name may not sound very appealing to those unfamiliar with this traditional Chinese dessert, this is an easy, tasty dessert soup that is perfect for a hot summer day and offers many health benefits as well.  You can read about the many health benefits of white fungus here.

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My mom used to make this soup all the time when I was growing up.  It can be served hot or cold.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had white fungus soup, and on my recent trip home, my mom had a big pot waiting.

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White Fungus Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
This is a traditional Chinese dessert soup my mom used to make for me growing up. The name may not be appealing to those unfamiliar with it, but I can promise that it's an easy and tasty treat with many health benefits, as well.


  • 1 palm-sized dried white fungus re-hydrated (see note)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rock sugar see note


  • Cut off the end of the white fungus and discard it. Cut the rest of it into small pieces.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the fungus and sugar and keep the pot at a boil for 30 minutes, or until the white fungus' color has turned clear, its texture has softened, and the soup has thickened. Serve the soup hot or cold.


To re-hydrate the white fungus, soak it in a bowl of water for approximately ten minutes and then discard the water.
I prefer rock sugar because it's a lot sweeter than granulated sugar which means you don't need to use as much. You may want to adjust the amount of sugar, so feel free to add more or less depending on your tastes.
The soup is delicious as is, but goji berries and lotus seeds are great additions.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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3 comments on “White Fungus Soup”

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  3. The name, as you say, is not very appetizing. I recently wrote a blog post about how “white fungus” has been marketed under another name.

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