Here's (some of) what you'll need:
From left to right: Coconut flavoring, Banana flavoring (aka Amyl Acetate-these were the only English words on the bottle, so luckily I knew what that was from my organic chemistry days. That's right, Science. Your big words don't scare me), Pandan flavoring, Coconut milk or cream, Agar Agar powder, and some super-cool koala pans (muffin tins work too!). You'll also need some water, sugar and a few drops of yellow food coloring--not pictured because I forgot!
Bring coconut cream, water, sugar and agar agar powder to a boil in a medium saucepan (complete recipe is below). Divide into three small bowls or cups and add flavorings. Pour small amounts into your pans. If making layers in muffin tins, let each layer set somewhat before adding the next.
Unlike gelatin, agar agar will set up at room temperature, but putting in the fridge speeds things along. Once firm, use the edge of a small knife to coax the agar agar out of the pans. It should pop out quite easily once the suction is broken.
Be sure to visit Bridget's blog to check out the "Traditions" Flavor-of-the-Month round-up! You're sure to see some traditions that are very similar to your own, be reminded of traditions you've long forgotten, or find inspiration to begin new ones with your family!
Tropical Agar Agar Dessert
Adapted from KookyCulinary's recipe
400 mL coconut cream (NOT cream of coconut)400 mL water
100 g sugar
4 tsp. agar agar powder
½ tsp. coconut flavor
½ tsp. banana flavor + few drops yellow food color
½ tsp. pandan paste (already very green!)
Combine coconut cream, water, sugar, and agar agar powder in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking to dissolve sugar and agar agar powder. Divide liquid evenly among three bowls or cups (I used those plastic Solo® type cups). Add coconut flavor to one cup, banana flavor & yellow food coloring to another, and the pandan paste to the last cup. Stir well, then pour into desired molds. Agar agar sets more quickly than gelatin, and will even set up at room temperature. However, it tastes best served chilled :)