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Coconut Jelly

A silky smooth, slightly sweet way to end any dim sum party! These luxuriously smooth treats take only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes on the stovetop, then just stash them in the fridge until party time!

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Overhead shot of a plate with rectangles of white coconut jelly.

For the finale of our Dim Sum party, I made some these creamy, dreamy bits of awesomeness. I got this recipe from the Dim Sum class I took at ICE. Some of the other people in class had made these, and I really liked them.

The only thing that bugged me was that the instructor said she didn’t like rose water, so she didn’t have us put it in the jelly. I happen to really enjoy rose water, so I was excited to try these out in my own kitchen.

Black plate with rectangular pieces of coconut jelly.

These beauties are stark white, and perfectly smooth, thanks to a dose of agar-agar powder. It was my first time using it, and it really made them set up nice and firm. This is really easy to put together, and there aren’t a lot of ingredients.

The coconut cream is the stuff that’s over in the mixed drink aisle of the store (I used Coco López). These are finger food desserts, and it’s incredible to see how well they hold up when they sit out at room temperature.

I have all sorts of ideas for things to make with the rest of my bottle of agar-agar!

A hand holding a white piece of coconut jelly with a bite taken out of it and full pieces in the background.

Here’s a shot of the rest of the meal (minus some awesome homemade fortune cookies!), including the Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs and Shrimp Dumplings.

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Overhead shot of a plate with rectangles of white coconut jelly.

Coconut Jelly

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (adapted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 64 (1-inch) pieces
  • Category: Vegan, Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

A silky smooth, slightly sweet way to end any dim sum party! These luxuriously smooth treats take only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes on the stovetop, then just stash them in the fridge until party time!


Ingredients

  • 2 (14-ounce) cans full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons agar-agar powder
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon rose water

Instructions

  1. Pour the coconut milk into a medium saucepan. Sprinkle the agar-agar powder over the top, add sugar, and whisk to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut cream and rose water.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8 square pan, cover with foil, and refrigerate until set – at least 3 hours, up to overnight.
  3. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn it out onto a cutting board. Cut into diamonds, squares, or rectangles and serve cold.

Keywords: Chinese New Year, Dim Sum, dessert

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