I have eaten a total of about 3 pears in my entire life. I don’t know why. But my city, Lanzhou, has some incredible produce. Every time I walk past a fruit cart I immediately want to eat everything. Unfortunately, night soil (read: poo) prevents me from doing so.
Anyway, I got excited when I found the recipe for honey pears, except the part about dates. It’s not that I dislike Chinese dates, only that I’d had my fill (we were given about 3 pounds from various people). So I decided to nix the dates and just add honey. Now it seems as if these could be steamed or boiled in water or juice. I decided to play it safe just in case they were terrible, so I opted for steamed. There are basically 4 steps:
Cut off the tops. Spoon out a small space.
Fill that space with honey.
Return tops and steam for 30 min.
The Recipe (one pear per person)
What you need:
- Asian Pears
- Chinese dates (optional)
- Rice cooker with steam tray
What to do:
- Cut off the tops of the pears
- Fill with honey (and dates, if you want)
- Return tops and steam for 30 minutes.
- Enjoy with a spoon!
Tip: Don’t eat the skin if you’re in China!
Steamed Pears (蒸梨)