Layered Fruit Agar Agar

>> Sunday, August 29, 2010

Have you ever woken up with the thought

"Omgosh, please tell me I didn't do that yesterday...that it was only a dream, right?"

I did. This morning actually.

Yesterday was the last day of my first full-time job. It's been 3 years. So I did the ugly cry in front of the now ex-colleagues (some looked worried and probably wondered if I'd lost it). I had envisioned that would happen hours before the actual incident. They call it the self-fulfilling prophesy. I call it overactive tear ducts.

But the good news is...I'm about to jet-off and start my holiday now so I can pretend I have a short term memory loss. It's a between-job holiday. Or just an unemployment stint.

I will leave with you the simple recipe for the fruit layered agar agar in the meantime.

And see - I told you I was going to incorporate agar agar into my everyday diet!

Fruit layered agar agar
  • Fruits of your choice (try not to use kiwifruit, pineapple and papaya as they have enzymes which may prevent the agar from setting).
  • 4 cups water (or you can use juice - I'd probably use lychee or apple juice next time!)
  • Honey (to taste)
  • 2 tsp agar agar powder
1. Bring the water with the agar agar powder and honey to boil.

2. Pour a thin layer of liquid from the above step to your container of choice before layering the first layer of fruit (in my case strawberries)

3. Once you add the first layer of fruit, pour another layer of the agar agar liquid on top - let it sit for around 2-3 minutes before you layer on second fruit of choice.

4. When done with the layering, place the container into the fridge for around 2 hours!


Julie September 5, 2010 at 12:14 AM  

It is kinda funny, dont forget i went exactly through the same thing a few weeks ago. I cried too but lucky no one saw me! *huggies*

you got me thinking about agar agar a lot lately hmmm

nikcreate September 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

is agar agar same as gelatine?

Viv September 6, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

Julie: hehe yea i'll be looking back and laughing at myself for being over dramatic soon.
yeah me too. i keep wanting to make everything with agar agar these days. ;)

sweet_tooth: no, it's not. agar agar is made from seaweed whereas gelatine is from animal collagens I believe. They're rather different in texture too.

chocolatesuze September 6, 2010 at 4:45 AM  

that is the prettiest cross section i have ever seen! have fun on your holiday dude!

the decorated cookie September 6, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

This is completely gorgeous! I posted a link on my column ( Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous,  September 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Heya Viv have a great holiday! Hopefully see you before you start your next job =)

Jessica September 6, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

This looks so cool and refreshing!

Von September 6, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

I cry really easily too! I'm dreading my graduation because I know I'll just bawl so badly on the day....=S

Have lots of fun on your holiday!! I love this- it looks so yummy and colourful!

Anonymous,  September 7, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

Agar-Agar is simply awesome!
I found about it this year (though it was in my cottage cheese and what not for many years...), and I really like it. It's great made with coconut milk. Yum.

The last time I made it, though, I used apple juice. DH said it tasted like apple sauce. He was right... Anyway, I thought it was a waste of agar agar, because it's not cheap and I needed to use a LOT of it with the apple juice. You need to add more if you use something acidic.
Just wanted to share my experience, and to thank you for the eye candy :)

Viv September 8, 2010 at 12:21 AM  

@Anonymous: Thanks for the heads up...I didn't know you need to add more powder with apple juice! You're right, agar agar is NOT cheap - I bought a packet (~70g) for aud $10!

sugarpuffi September 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

oh mi gad thats food porn right there! You should make some yummy dessert for me and viv before you leave! which cities your going to in china??

Simone Anne November 2, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

Wow, this looks amazing. I can't believe I've never heard of this before! I'm definitely going to have to find myself some! Wow, thanks for sharing! :D

Anonymous,  December 20, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

Vivienne and anonymous, you can buy agar agar for less than a dollar at any Asian grocery stores. Use Lychee juice. Also sold in Asian grocery stores. It's canned fruit. You dump or eat the fruits and use the juice.
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Cooking Rookie March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

Beautiful! I've been wanting to try agar agar for a while, this looks like a safe first attempt :-)

The Cilantropist June 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

Wow this is so beautiful! I love the different colors especially. I tried working with agar agar last year and was sort of successful, but you seem like a pro!

Anonymous,  September 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Usually agar agars can settle and solidify when left out in the open air for 15 to 20 minutes. Do you think this recipe can settle in 15 to 20 minutes in open air too?

Viv September 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

Hi Anon: Yes, I think the agar will solidify if you leave in room temperature for 15 mins (in fact, after a few minutes you can see if gelling up)...but I chuck into the fridge because it's faster and hardens a bit more quicker. Hope this helps :)

Anonymous,  December 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

Where do you get agar agar? I really want to try making this. It looks so cute. :)

Sunflower January 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM  

Hello! This looks amazing! I've never worked with agar agar before, and I've never used honey with gelatin... can anyone give me an example amount of honey to use per teaspoon of agar agar? Thanks!

Viv January 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM  

Hi Anon: You can get agar agar in most asian/japanese grocery stores! If not, try online shops :)

Sunflower: For the amount in the above recipe, try 2 tbsp of honey at first, and taste as you go along (when boiling the water with the agar and honey).

heidi July 28, 2012 at 2:55 AM  

how much agar to use if using the sticks?

Anonymous,  August 22, 2012 at 3:20 AM  

I used a packet of agar agar powder that had vanilla flavor added to it, I think it was meant as a ready to mix dessert just add sugar and water. Anyway I made it according to package directions just subbed some of the water for lychee syrup from the canned fruit and it geled beutifully except my layers did not really layer they kind of floated to the top and mixed together. I did not notice any firming during the 2-3 min wait between layers, is that normal?

damion November 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM  

you used kiwi how did that work out for you???

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