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Snow Pear Soup

Snow Pears (Cut)

Snow Pear Soup Recipe

Snow pears are used in this recipe as they are sweeter and boost cooling properties. If you can't find them, you can substitute with other types of Chinese pears.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins


  • 250g pork ribs
  • 2 large snow pears 雪梨 (about 300g each) peeled and cored, cut to large chunks
  • 10g snow fungus (aka white jelly fungus, white wood ear, silver ear, 雪儿)
  • 1 tsp bitter almonds (aka Northern almonds/北杏) and 2 tsp sweet almonds (aka Southern almonds /南杏)
  • 8 pitted red dates
  • 1.2 litres water
  • salt to taste


  1. Soak snow fungus in a bowl of hot water for 15 minutes, then carefully drain the fungus. The white fungus should become puffed up and turn a whiter shade. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, trim and discard the hard part on the centre underside of the fungus. Cut the rest of the fungus to smaller pieces and set aside.
  2. Blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 5 minutes, to remove the dirty bits so that you have clear soup later. Rinse blanched pork pieces and set aside.
  3. In a soup pot, add blanched pork, pear, Chinese almonds, red dates and water. Simmer (with lid partially open for ventilation) for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add cut fungus and continue simmering for another 20 minutes. Season with sea salt. For best results, keep warm in a thermal pot for a few hours until ready to serve.

Noob Cook Tip

Bitter almonds in its raw state are said to be toxic if consumed in large amounts. Even though these almonds are cooked, do not add too much of it to be safe (1 tsp is more than enough to me). You can also substitute with sweet almonds if you are more comfortable with it.

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23 Responses to “Snow Pear Soup”

  1. Angie's Recipes — March 11, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    A classic combination! The soup must taste very fresh and appetizing.


  2. tasteofbeirut — March 12, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    I am wanting to learn more about Asian cuisine and your site is a great place to do so: love that soup and the ingredients and will start making it …thank you!


  3. norma — March 12, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    It is different from what I am used to, but I am always game for something new and you seem to surprise me all the time. Happy Weekend.


  4. Little Corner of Mine — March 14, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Must be a sweet and yummy soup!


  5. Sammy — April 26, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    I followed e recipe according but e soup has not much taste. Yr apple soup recipe tastes better :)


    • Nora replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      For those with a sweet tooth, you can substitute the pork ribs and salt with rock sugar instead. You can eat it warm or cold. Very nice dessert that I often cook for my kids. They simply love it. :)


  6. Connie — January 3, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    If I want it to be dessert, i can remove pork, northern almonds and then salt right?


  7. Dawn — November 8, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    Hi!! I’ve been looking around supermarkets trying to get snow pears but to no avail. Do you have any idea where I can get them? Or is there another name for snow pears? Thanks.


    • wiffy replied: — November 11th, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

      Hi Dawn! I do think they name it differently, because it’s real common! So just look for those big round pears as shown in the picture – it will be the correct one!



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