Snow Fungus from Palais de Sweet, Dish #98
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Papaya and Snow Fungus in Syrup ($3.75)
This Chinese dessert shop in Sunset Park offers plated jellies, ices, layered desserts, and a changing menu of daily specials, many of which are hardly sweet at all (today it was a sesame-tofu pudding with vanilla ice cream and a sesame tuile). This bowlful of papaya and snow fungus, floating dreamily in sugar syrup, is a cool and slippery afternoon soup. Don't be turned off by the rehydrated parasitic fungus that likes to grow on dead trees--the snow fungus may not taste of much, but it's beautifully gelatinous.
Palais de Sweet
706 60th Street, Brooklyn