Rinse all ingredients. Soak snow fungus in water for a few hours or until soft. Cut into small florets.
Soak red dates in water for 15 minutes.
In the meanwhile, peel, seed, and cut sweet potatoes, lotus root, and papaya into small pieces (about 1″ x 1″). Cut the Ya Li pears into small pieces with the skin on for additional fiber.
Put water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add all ingredients in and let the water boil up again. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Serve.
1. The snow fungus can be soaked overnight to save preparation time. See the snow fungus ingredient page in the Common Ingredients section for more preparation details, health benefits, and buying tips.
Recipe by Chinese Soup Pot at http://www.chinesesouppot.com/1-soup-recipes/143-white-fungus-papaya-sweet-potato-soup