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.
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.
YOU WILL NEED:
> 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)
(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.
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!
How do you like this koi fish jelly?