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Old Fashion Coconut Agar-Agar - Jelly #1

Monday, October 15, 2012




I've talked about my mom repeating dishes very often.

This is one dessert that my mom replenishes after each batch was gone! It's scary!
My mom made this almost every weekend when I was young, about 9-11.  Either she would set it in huge bowls and cut into wedges or she'ld set them in tart tins.
And she loves it being separated while I prefer it being homogenous.

My mom has a sweeth tooth but her sugar level is perfectly ok, even until now. Let's talk about her adding in sugar to her 3in1 coffee. I am nowhere near her standard. Maybe it's because of the way she grew up, she eats rice porridge with sugar and douse her rice with kopi-O like soup.


When I decided to throw an old fashioned party for my hubby (Nov 2011), I decided to make an old fashioned jelly too, that is pink in colour, haha. I do remember in the olden times, most jellies are pink and flavoured with pandan. Even until today, my hubby likes pink pandan infused agar-agar.



Coconut Agar-agar
Recipe source: WendyinKK

750ml water
Few blades of pandan leaf, shredded and knotted
150-200gm sugar

125ml water
10gm agar-agar powder (approximately 1 Tbsp), use less if a softer texture is preferred

125ml coconut milk
Drops of food colouring, if preferred

1. Bring 750ml water and pandan knot to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 5 minutes or until you can smell the pandan.
2. Add in sugar, adjust the taste to your preference, making it slightly oversweetened.
3. Mix agar powder with 125ml water. Stir and pour into the boiling syrup. Bring it back to a boil, turn heat to medium low.
4. Add in food colouring and then pour in the coconut milk, don't stir it and let it come back to a full boil. Turn off the heat. Remove the pandan knot.
5. Wet some jelly moulds and shake off excess water. Pour the agar agar into the moistened moulds.
6. Let it cool down and solidify. Best served chilled.






20 lovely notes:

Phong Hong October 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM  

Cantik nye agar-agar pink! Long time didn't eat agar-agar lah. I want to make for my next family gathering :)

Phong Hong October 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

My dad also add sugar to his 3 in 1 coffee. Scary.

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more October 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM  

Phong Hong,
The older folks love sweet things!

Sharon @ Feats of Feasts October 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

I am different, my parents always nag i put too much sugar in my drinks but over the years ive learnt to go without it because stuff like milo somehow are rather sweet by itself dy, and we're not even talking about 3 in 1. Frankly, malaysians consumption of sugar is rather scary.

yummylittlecooks October 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM  

I think their taste bud getting numb when they getting older. My sister dare not ask my mom to taste for sweetnss or saltyness when she cook...cos my mom will said not enough sweet or salty...pengsan....lol

Ps: i love this old fashion jelly....the color do sweet :)

Food Dreams October 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM  

gosh.. reminds me of my childhood days... so simple but precious! :D

The Experimental Cook October 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM  

Sigh! This is so nostalgic. Mum's cooking was so-so and when we gave the rare praise for certain dishes, she would repeat until we were so scared of it. Like your mum, she had a sweet tooth and drank only tea with sugar, never plain water. Never had a single day of blood sugar issue.

Charmaine October 15, 2012 at 6:23 PM  

Pretty in pink jelly. Perfect with the warmer months and BBQs coming up over here. Thanks Wendy.

Annielicious Food October 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM  

U make me wanna make agar agar at this hour! Regretted for reading your blog at this hour. Darn!!!

Juneeta Osman October 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM  

my mom too used to make this type of coconut agar2 when i was small and she used gula melaka as coloring and flavoring so yummy that i always eat the coconut part first :P

Cilantro October 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM  

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along.Nice blog you have here!!This post made me nostalgic, brought back lots of found memories .......ohhhhh Mennnnnn....I have to have this now!!!!!!!!!

Ah Tze @ Awayofmind Bakery House October 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

This is simply beautiful! I love this old fashion Jelly!

Pete October 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM  

he he he, old is gold.....

http://www.countertops.com/ October 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM  

It's a symbol as well. Made from the heart.

Anonymous,  April 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM  

agar agar powder means those from the packet like the flying swallow brand is it or is it those strips?
-ona-

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM  

Ona,
Powder is not strips. Serbuk agar agar.
Usually found with Mermaid brand or Star brand. Don't use Nona.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM  

i've tried to cook this jelly today but it didn't separate into 2 layers.

Jaynelle

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more May 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM  

Jaynelle,
Did you stir it immediately after putting coconut milk?

Kugan 98 September 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM  

Why is my coconut layer is so thin?
Thanks

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM  

Kugan,
Did you buy your coconut milk or did you press it out with water?

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