Friday, February 11, 2011

Gula Melaka and Coconut Milk Agar Agar

During my last trip to Melaka, I stocked up on quite a bit of gula melaka.  With an abundance supply sitting in my fridge, I googled for recipes to utilise them.

Found a few gula melaka agar agar recipes but decided to go for this one (by Amy of Che Cheh) which has minimal ingredients.

The coconut milk I used is not the suggested thick coconut milk.  I'm always willing to compromise on taste for a healthier version dessert/snack.  Anyway, my coconut layer occupies 2/3 of the whole layer.  Could this be due to the skim coconut milk used?

500ml water
180g gula melaka, chopped roughly (I used 160g)
3 teaspoons agar powder
1 pandan leaf, tied into a knot
300ml thick coconut milk (I used skim coconut milk)
pinch of salt

  1. Place water, gula melaka, agar agar powder and pandan leaf into a pan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and simmer until agar powder is completely dissolves.
  3. Remove pandan leaf.
  4. Add a pinch of salt to coconut milk and pour it into the same pan.
  5. Bring it to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
  6. Pour jelly into a glass bowl or cake tin.
  7. Leave jelly to cool and then chill in the refrigerator.
  8. The jelly should separate nicely into 2 layers – a clear gula melaka layer on the bottom and a coconut layer on top.


j3ss kitch3n said...

your agar agar is so beautiful! your layer is perfect!

DG said...

This is yummy! Love the separate layers on the agar2x. Did you stir while you cook? Cause I ever read somewhere that to get this separate layers, stir too much is not advisable. Don't know is true or not?

Edith said...

i love gula melaka.

sherlyn said...

My favourite .. anythg with coconut, my fav. Yummy.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Thanks Jess, but I don't know why my coconut layer is so thick.

DG, yes I did stir when mixing in the coconut milk.

Blessed Homemaker said...

I'm sure you'll like this!

I'm just the opposite, don't much like coconut :P But I like gula melaka ;-)

Anonymous said...


thanks for sharing this recipe
i tried it n it was yummy but just some questions hope you can help me with .

my gula melaka layer turn out cloudy unlike yours which is crystal clear

for the coconut layer yours can see the coconut seperate but mine is like one thick coconut layer

but i manage to get 2 seperate layers (:

hope do get your reply soon

thanks so much


Anonymous said...

hi possible advise me that which type of agar agar powder that u use? i love this gula melaka agar agar, but i dun know which agar agar that i can buy.... thanks and appreciated it

Anonymous said...

Hi...I tried this agar agar & flw as per your instructions but ended up with a whole block of gula melaka agar agar (like the gula melaka layer of the chendol agar agar) instead of your 2 nice layers. Don't know where went wrong. Any tips on this? Thank you.


Blessed Homemaker said...

I have no idea as I'm not an expert. Maybe it's the coconut milk used? Maybe it's the temperature?

I don't use a specific brand.

So sorry, can't help you on this.

sherlyn said...

Blessed homemaker, is coconut cream = thick coconut milk?
Can coconut cream make into thin coconut milk?

All this cream and milk, thick and thin blurs me

Thank you

Blessed Homemaker said...

I'm not sure too but i know coconut cream is thick. If I have coconut cream but recipe calls for thin coconut milk, I'll prob just dilute the cream with water :p. Not sure if it is the correct way but that's how I'll do it hahaha...

sherlyn said...

I think the same like you, diluting the cream to make it more watery. Today I tried to make kuih, so called for coconut milk, thus I diluted the coconut cream with milk instead of water. Anyway the kuih did not come out successful. Will try again.
May I ask, your gula melaka agar agar can use the cream direct? since it ask for thick coconut milk.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Not sure about coconut cream as I never bought/use before. Find it too sinful thus I always buy skim coconut milk :P

sherlyn said...

Thanks Blessed Homemaker. *sigh* My agar agar failed to separate.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Oh.. so sorry to hear that. I guess I was lucky :P

Anonymous said...

Could it be that you are not letting it cool enough before you refrigerate? Refrigeration too early can lead to the agar agar solidifying before the coconut milk is able to sink to the bottom.
Just a thought.

Irene said...

Same here, mine failed to separate too.. Maybe Dod s correct, too early into d fridge..