Monday, March 28, 2011
Vietnamese Marble jelly!!
My little cousins came over on the weekend and wanted me to help her make a simple Vietnamese dish so she could bring to her school's multicultural day! Awww I remember those days back in primary school, I remember my mum would make spring rolls or prawn crackers when she didn't have time, for us to bring to school on our multicultural days hehe
We decided to make a colourful Vietnamese style jelly using Agar Agar powder which is very commonly used instead of Gelatin to make jelly in Asia. Agar Agar makes the jelly firmer than the usual jellies you might eat such as aeroplane jelly.
Use one satchet of 25g os Agar Agar Powder and dissolve in 1 cup of cold water for 5 minutes. Bring 6 cups of water to the boil in a large pot, and add about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved. Finally add the 1 cup of water with dissolved Agar Agar powder to the pot and stir until water has boiled again.
To make marbling on the jelly, I used green, red, blue, yellow food colouring aswel as sweeten condense milk to make white. You can also use coffee and condense milk mix together to add a unique flavour to the jelly (this is our family favourite)! Add a few drops of the different colours into seperate bowls and slowing spoon the Agar Agar water into each bowl and stir gently.
Using a 30cm cake tin, spoon about 1-2 large spoons of the clear Agar Agar mix into the cake tin to create a clear base to work with, allow this to set slightly before proceeding to add the different colours and layers to create a beautiful marble effect. Work quickly as the jelly will set quite quick.
I hope all the little kids at my cousins school likes the jellies as much as we did!!
Have a wonderful week and happy eating!
Fat Pom Pom