Koi Fish Jelly for Chinese New Year

Sweet And SimpleLike to serve your guest something sweet, beautiful and auspicious this Chinese New Year? Try  koi fish jelly! It takes only 30 minutes to make.Koi Fish Jelly

There’s a Chinese proverb that goes ‘nian nian you yu’ (年年有余) which means having things in surplus every year. As ‘yu’/ surplus sounds like ‘fish’, the Chinese loves to serve fish on Chinese New Year, which symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Koi Fish Jelly
On a normally hot weather during Chinesew New Year, chilled agar-agar makes a wonderful dessert. We’ve simplified a great recipe from  Anncoo Journal.

Koi Fish Jelly

> Koi fish mold
> Agar-agar powder x 1 packet of 12 g
> Sugar x 160 g / 3/4 cup
> Pandan leaves, tied  x 2-3
> Water x 700 ml
> Raisins, seedless
> Food colouring (Red and yellow)
> Tweezer
> Scicssors

Koi Fish Jelly


(1) Cut raisins with scissors and. (2) Using your fingers, roll it into small balls. These are for the eyes. (3) Put water, pandan leaves, sugar and agar agar powder into pot and bring to boil at low heat. (4) Stir throughout. Off the heat when agar-agar and sugar have melted.

(5) Using a tweezer, dip raisins into agar-agar liquid. (6) Stick the balls of raisin on the eyes of the fish mold. (7) Add a drop of colouring into a small bowl of agar-agar liquid.

(8) Using a teaspoon, smear the colored agar-agar quickly on fish mold body. (9) With a soup spoon, gently pour in the rest of the agar agar liquid into mold. (10) Let it set before putting into the fridge. Chill jelly for 2 to 3 hours before removing the mold.

Koi Fish Jelly

Make these a few days before Chinese New Year and keep it in the fridge. When your guests arrive, serve these fish jelly on a blue plate, tray or chopping board. The fish will look like they are swimming in the pond!

Koi Fish Jelly

For an even quicker and easier version, use a bigger fish mold.Koi Fish Jelly- JewelPie

Koi Fish Jelly

How do you like this koi fish jelly?


Sara shares smart ideas to inspire busy women to live better lives. To achieve a work-life balance, she believes in equipping oneself with knowledge, outsourcing when one is able to and making efficient use of tools and technology. She's into quick and healthy meals, lifehacks, organization and productivity. At JewelPie, she shows you how to cook, clean, entertain and dress up with minimal effort and time.

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18 Responses to “Koi Fish Jelly for Chinese New Year”

  1. Ann@Anncoo Journal
    February 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi Sara,

    Your koi fishes look very pretty on that blue plate. Thank you for linking back to my site. Please feel free to browse my blog and try my recipes if you like.
    Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year!

  2. Ms Tai Tai
    February 5, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    Thanks Sara. This looks really yummy, and pretty impressive too for (potential) mother-in-laws… hahaha… Where do I get the Koi fish mold?

  3. Sara
    February 5, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks! It’s such a simple recipe that it turned out well at the first try. Wishing you a happy lunar new year!

  4. Sara
    February 5, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Hi! It does look impressive doesn’t it? The best part is it’s so easy to make!

    The koi fish mold is available at regular baking supplies shop. If you’re going to make it, please show us at facebook.com/JewelPie or email us!

  5. Suraya
    February 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Groupon shared this on their FB page. This is really nice and looks yummy. WOW. I wanna try it. Thank you for sharing this idea :)

  6. Mahta
    February 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s awesome!
    Thank you dear Sara for sharing this great idea! :)

  7. Sara
    February 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi Suraya! Glad you like it. It’s SO easy to make.

    Every koi fish will turn out to be different. We’ll love to see yours! Please show us on http://www.facebook.com/JewelPie or email us! :)

  8. Sara
    February 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Matha! Thanks! We find great recipes and projects from around the net and simplify them. Drop by sometimes to see more simple and beautiful ideas :)

  9. Jen
    February 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Stumble upon your blogspot after CNY! gonna try making ’em anyway! :)

  10. Sara
    February 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    Go ahead. Please share some photos with us at facebook.com/JewelPie. We’ll love to see how yours turn out! :)

  11. Sharon
    February 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Hi! I’m trying this out for this year’s cny gathering.

    Can I ask – (1) when you smear the coloured agar agar onto the mould, is it already semi-hardened? Because when I try to smear it, it collects in a pool at the bottom of the mould. (2) I used food flavouring instead of food colouring – e.g.I used orange-tasting food flavouring. It also has an orange hue. Does this make a difference?

    I’m not an experienced cook so any help would be much appreciated!


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