Saturday, September 26, 2009

Coconut jelly (kyauk kyaw)

The word agar comes from Malay word agar-agar. In Malay, the word agar-agar means jelly. Agar is a flavourless gel derived from seaweed. Therefore, it contains the rich array of minerals. White and semi-translucent, it is available in strands, flakes or in powdered form.

Agar strands
It is often used in Asian desserts, such as jellies, puddings and custards. In Burmese cuisine, coconut jelly(kyauk kyaw) is made from agar too. Usually this dessert kyauk kyaw would be served during celebratory occasions, such as house-warming party and wedding reception.

kyauk kyaw
Serves : 4-6
Preparation Time : 20-25minutes
20g agar-agar strands
200ml coconut cream
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cup water
  1. Soak the agar strands in a bowl of water for 5 minutes.
  2. Boil the water in a pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the agar strands into the boiling water and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Add the coconut cream and stir for a few minutes on low heat.
  5. Add sugar and salt. Give it a quick stir.
  6. Turn off the heat.
  7. Pour into a tray and let it set at room temperature(1.5-2 hours).

I was happy that the kyauk kyaw was set to perfection :) Yes, i finally did this right!!!! A nice soft texture unlike the rubbery kyauk kyaw during my first attempt. If you like a warm kyauk kyaw, then you do not need to chill this. However, i feel that kyauk kyaw gets much more delicious when chilled.


လင္းၾကယ္ျဖဴ September 27, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

Coconut Jelly !!
Wanna have it with a cup of coffee..:-)
Cool stuff!!

Linn Kyel Phyu

Anonymous,  December 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

Thanks so much for this recipe - have been hunting for it since eating this jelly at yum cha. Have a batch waiting to set now :)

Moulmein Kitchen December 29, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

You are welcome :)
Thanks for visiting my blog.

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