Red Date, Snow Fungus & Lotus Seed Soup 红枣银耳莲子汤
Over the years, I have also realised that the pattern of me getting sick has changed. I used to first get a high fever and muscle pain, then sore throat and runny nose, then it will develop into a cough (or get better, when I was very lucky in very rare occasions). But of late these bad coughs seem to have just crept up out of nowhere, then the rest would follow in reverse order. This means that I won't have a way to observe the symptoms and get prepared for the next stage, because the moment I started coughing, I'm like a dead thing - completely useless.
I haven't been able to do much cooking since Thursday so I have been surviving on yoghurt and fruit, and the mini buns left from the last bake. I don't fancy going to the doctors for this because the prescriptions would usually include paracetamol and vitamin C which I can get hold of easily anyways, AND they've never made my cough go away! But one still got to have some food in even if it's not solid food. If this is something that could help me get better then it's a winner.
I remember having some snow fungus in the freezer for ages which I hadn't the chance to finish the lot just cooking for two. And Lord have mercy - I do have some goji berries, Chinese dates and rock sugar! It gets better: I happened to have also bought some fresh lotus seeds during the last grocery trip, I must've known something was coming.
Here's my big plan for a traditional Chinese cough remedy: red dates, snow fungus & lotus seeds soup (红枣银耳莲子汤). I have seen the older generations made it but this is the first time I'm making it myself. All I know (mostly told by my late nan) is: red dates are good for blood circulation, snow fungus is meant to have a nourishing function, lotus seeds are high in protein and potassium, while goji berries help boost the immune systems. And it's been known that this combination of soup is good for cough. Exactly how effective? I have no idea, but I'm sure it won't make me any worse.