Friday, 11 September 2009

Coconut Agar-Agar

Agar-agar, is essentially the Malay language for jelly. The gelatin is derived from seaweed and yes, it is very friendly to vegans.

If you are more familiar with the western version of jelly/jello, the agar-agar is of a much firmer texture. How much firmer? Well, once the agar-agar sets, no matter how much you agitate it, it will not quiver or shake like...mmm, jelly?

Whatever the case, its a well loved treat especially in our warm weather.

Wanting something very local, I used coconut milk. It has a rich creamy and sweet taste and when paired with agar-agar, it somehow gives a certain hint of luxury to this simple dessert.


25g Agar-Agar Powder
100ml Water
900ml Water, hot
3 pcs Srewpine (Pandan) Leaves, tied into a knot
200g Sugar
200g Coconut Milk
Salt, a pinch

1. Dissolve agar-agar powder in about 100ml water. Then pour into hot water. This is to ensure that the mixture will be smooth.
2. Over medium heat, add sugar and srewpine leaves. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour out about 2/3 of the agar-agar into a mould or moulds.
4. Add coconut milk into remaining 1/3, bring to a gentle boil. Add salt and remove from heat.
5. Once the 2/3 agar-agar is about to set, gently pour the 1/3 coconut agar-agar mixture over.
6. Leave to set.
7. Served chilled.


  1. So gorgeous! I've been meaning to make agar agar jellies - I hope they come out as nice as yours!

  2. Great photos! In Vietnamese cuisine, we like to add a coffee and pandan layer as well.

  3. Those turned out so cool looking.

  4. Anna: Thank You and am sure yours will come out beautifully.Look forward to your photos

    Ravenous Couple: Thank You, makes me feel so encouraged especially after so many photo disasters! Your photos look amazing, its making me hungry.

    Peabody: Thank You lots.. still have some chilling out in the fridge :)

  5. Hi

    May I know what is the brand of Agar Agar powder that you use? I tried to make agar agar previously but my agar agar turned out to be soft and soggy.

  6. Hi Jerelene,
    Apologies for the very late reply.
    I do not have a particular brand of agar agar powder that I stick to. Most importantly to ensure firmness is to not overdo with the water usage.
    One test is that after dissolving the agar agar powder, take a teaspoon and create a droplet onto a cold plate/bowl. If it sets fast and relatively firm, you know you got it right.