Chocolate and Coconut Milk Agar-Agar

Submitted by Seri

This chocolate flavoured agar-agar is one of those refreshing cold dessert my mum and aunties used to make when we were little. It was such a big thing having some agar-agar on a Sunday afternoon, and more often than not, it was somebody's birthday party.

The fact that a big part of it is water, it is really cooling on a hot day, and it isn't exactly fattening, as long as it is not excessively sweetened. The coconut milk just makes it so creamy! It is also extremely easy to make - I learned to make it since I was a teenager!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of agar-agar (you can buy agar-agar from any Asian food shops, usually 35gram per packet)
  • 5 glasses of water
  • 1 teaspoon carob powder/cocoa powder
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Preparation:

  1. Cook the agar-agar with 5 glasses of water. When all agar-agar is disolved, add in sugar, carob powder/cocoa powder, and coconut milk.
  2. Stir till all ingredients are well mixed, then take it off the heat and leave it to cool in a container.
  3. Chill it when the agar-agar is set.

Versatility Note:

  1. You can always try using half a teaspoon of instant coffee powder instead of chocolate or carob, if you like the taste of coffee.
  2. When setting the mixture, a metal container such as a deep baking tray is better as it lets the mixture cools quicker. But in the event of unavailability, any container, mold, or bowl of your choice is alright. Even a deep glass dish can do the trick.
  3. When the dessert is all chilled, you can either turn it over and transfer it onto another dish up side down; or just cut into squares and serve directly from the container.
  4. Try other agar-agar recipes: Milo Agar-Agar, Adzuki Bean Agar-Agar with Coconut Milk and Creamy Coconut Milk Agar-Agar.
  5. If normal strip form agar-agar cannot be obtained, you can use powdered agar-agar too. The amount would be the same: 35 grams strip = 35 grams powder.