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Monday, March 5, 2012

Longan, Red Date & Goji Sweet Dessert


Thanks to Soup Queen for sharing this wonderful dessert which I tried and like.  The dessert is not too sweet and the quantity is just nice for my small family.  Apart from this, Soup Queen has advised that this dessert has the following benefits which I think is good for all.

These are the benefits: helps replenishing vital energy or Qi; promotes blood and improves eye sight.

Ingredients
[makes about 4 bowls]

A handful of dried longan flesh
8 dried red dates - remove seeds - cut small pieces
1 tbsp goji berry [kei chee] - soaked in water for a bit
1 liter water
2 tbsp rock sugar to taste - depending on how sweet you prefer the dessert



  • Put all ingredients in a pot.  Bring to a rolling boil.  Then cover and lower fire to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm, best before bedtime.
Note:
Since I love gingko nuts, I boiled separately about 10 -15 gingko nuts in some water until soft with  1 tbsp of rock sugar from above.  I served this dessert with a scoop of gingko nuts.

Benefits of Gingko Nuts [refer to www.tastehongkong.com/ingredients/gingko-nuts].  Aka silver apricots and believed to have these benefits but not to be taken in excess as it is potentially toxic [5-10 nuts a day should be okay]
  • keep skin young
  • lives longer
  • benefits respiratory system [related illness - asthma, bronchitis and cough etc]

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