Koi Fish Jelly
150ml Fresh milk
9g Agar agar powder
2-3 Pandan leaves
2 Fish molds (from Sunlik)
12 Black currants
Using scissors to cut black currants into half and roll into tiny nibs with your finger tips as fish eyes. Tie pandan leaves into a small knot.
Boil water, sugar, agar agar powder and pandan leaves together, keep stirring water until boil at medium heat. Off heat and stir agar agar liquid for another 2-3 minutes. Discard pandan leaves.
Put agar agar liquid under double boiler or at low heat to prevent agar agar liquid set quickly. ~ stir occasionally.
Using a tweezers and dip black currant into agar agar liquid then place black currant on the fish mold eyes. It will sticks quickly.
Take 2 tsp of agar agar liquid into a sauce plate and add a drop of coloring into it (any color you prefer) and mix well. (I used 2 colors ~ cherry red and lemon yellow)
Using the back of the teaspoon，smear the colored liquid quickly on fish mold body ~ mix any color you like. (if the colored liquid has set, add a little hot agar agar liquid to dilute it),
After the colored liquid set on the fish mold, reboil the plain agar agar liquid. Off heat and pour fresh milk into it and stir for another 2-3 minutes and gently pour it into molds (cool down the liquid if it is too hot).
Chill agar agar Koi fish in fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight before removing from the fish mold.
Koi Fish Jelly with brighter colour represents wealth and prosperity. 年年有余 nian nian you yu ~The word 'fish' 鱼or 'yu' 余 means literally every year having surpluses and it is a must have dish (steamed fish) for new year dinner.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:47am