Koi Fish Jelly for Chinese New Year

Sweet And Simple

Want to ‘wow ‘your family with something sweet, beautiful and auspicious this Chinese New Year? Try koi fish jelly! As the weather is normally hot during Chinese New Year, I assure you that this dessert will be more popular than the regular pineapple tarts or even mandarin oranges.

Koi Fish Jelly

Another reason why I love making it during Chinese New Year is because its symbolism. 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’, which symbolizes wealth and prosperity, the Chinese loves to serve fish on lunar new year. Well, now you can have it as dessert too!Koi Fish Jelly

The big picture
You need a fish mold. To make it life-like, what we do is give it a little pattern an a pair of eyes. To create red and yellow patterns on the fish, we use yellow and red food dye. For the eyes, we use raisins.  You will need a speciality tool (fish mold) and a few other things that are easily available at the neighbourhood bakery supplies shop.Koi Fish Jelly

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)
> Tweezer
> Scicssors

Koi Fish Jelly

HOW-TO

  1. Cut raisins into smaller pieces with a pair of scissors
  2. Using your fingers, roll the raisins into balls. These are for the eyes.
  3. Place 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 completely melted.
  5. Using a tweezer or chopstick, 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. With a teaspoon, smear the coloured agar-agar on fish mold body.
  9. Gently pour in the rest of the agar agar liquid into mold.
  10.  Let it set before putting into the fridge.
  11. Chill the jelly for 2 to 3 hours before removing the mold.

Koi Fish Jelly

 

NOTES & TIPS

  • It takes about 30 minutes to make.
  • Make these a few days before Chinese New Year and keep it in the fridge.
  • Serve them on a blue plate, tray or chopping board. The fish will look like they are swimming in a pond!
  • For an even quicker and easier version, use a bigger fish mold.

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How do you like this koi fish jelly?

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

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 :)

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

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

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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 :)

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

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

  9. 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! :)

  10. 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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