Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Guiling Gao/Black Herbal Jelly

This herbal jelly also known as Guilin Gao is made of Chinese herbs. It has been treated as medication in the ancient time in China. It's also said to help nourish our yin and clear body heat, while cleansing the body blood of toxins, help improves or cures skin disorder, improving the metabolism rate, relieving cough. I am not sure how true this is but I like it a lot especially the refreshing and slightly bitter taste and the cooling effect. Now this herbal jelly has become a popular dessert and it is usually serve with sugar syrup or honey.


Ingredients:

3 packet/30 gram of the guiling gao powder
½ cup cold water
800 ml boiling water
Some sugar/honey syrup


1. Dissolve the powder into the cold water. Stir well. Pour the boiling water into jelly mixture and stir well. You will notice it will starts to get thicker.
2. Pour it into small serving bowl and let it cool. Once it is cool leave it to chill in the fridge.
3. Serve with sugar syrup or some honey.

23 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

The weather these few days is super hot and dry.
Somehow I prefer the dryness than the horrible humidity.
I would love to have some of this, so cooling..

Jennifurla said...

Well I learned something new today, thanks for sharing!

mycookinghut said...

This really reminds me of Malaysia! I wanted to try when I was young and I think one day I tried and was so happy!

Wendy said...

Thanks for showing us the package. Didn't know that you can make it at home. How handy!

Iris said...

oh this is a great idea! I usually buy the one out of the can, but I think this would taste much fresher.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I still have a packet, have yet to prepare this, since weahter here is so hot, i have to quickly do this. Thanks for reminding me.

Little Inbox said...

I used to bought it from a herbal drink outlet. Now, I think I have to learn how to make it. Hehe...

Elin said...

Gertrude , surprisingly, my two Piggies can enjoy a bowl of this Guiling gao..good for complexion I heard and has cooling effect too :) Carlos enjoy this too ? :)

ReeseKitchen said...

This is super cooling for the super hot whether here. You reminds me to get some later...:)

Karen from Globetrotter Diaries said...

I grew up eating this, so your post brings back lots of good memories. Thanks! Also, this is my first time here-- great blog-- will be following you!!

Wai Kitt said...

Hey, the same package i used to buy to make Guiling Gao! That was fews ago before my marriage.

My Little Space said...

There are so many branding available nowadays! Some are very difficult to cook and some branding are very easy to cook... just like making jelly! My family loves it alot. Did you get this from your side? How nice! Thanks for sharing and hope you're having a fabulous day.
Kristy

Min said...

I tried this one before, really suitable for the hot weather now, have to and buy a few packets back already :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Cool! I need to go look for this guilingao powder. I like this dessert too.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Gert, I do take gwai leng gou ... But never really miss it. LOL! It's not that I don't like it. I'm OK with it ... However, this definitely carries memories for me ... I bet most of us grew up with this too ... I've tasted some that is awfully bitter ... beyond acceptability!!

ICook4Fun said...

Wendy, I made this during summer when it was really warm. Lucky over here the air is very dry and I like it better than humidity.

Jennifurla, you are welcome.

Leemei, I guess most of us Malaysia like this.

Wendy, yes this is easy to make and it is cheaper too.

Iris, I think this is better than the one from can as you can control the amount of syrup you put in.

Sonia, you are welcome,

Little Inbox, the hebal place charge a lot of a small bowl so it is more economical to make it yourself.

ICook4Fun said...

Elin, nope. He never like anything soft or wiggly especially jelly or agar agar :)

Reese, yes this is great for our Malaysia weather.

Karen, thanks for stopping by your comment.

Wai Kitt, I bought this here in the US.

Kristy, this brand of guiling gao is easy to make. Just add hot water and you are done. Yes I got it here :)

Min, I only can get this kind here.

LCOM, you should be able to get it from the Asian store.

Pei Lin, Diana and I love this and both of us like the bitterness too :)

Cooking Gallery said...

I like eating herbal jelly cold. Sometimes I eat (drink) it together with bubble tea :)

pigpigscorner said...

I made some of this last week too!

noobcook said...

I didn't know it's possible to make guilin gao at home, I must look for this powder. love this cooling dessert.

katCL said...

Yes, absolutely essential for hot weather in the Middle East!! :) I brought back a few boxes during my hols in KL.

I didn't know you don't have to boil it. It's ok to just mix with boiling hot water?

BTW, instead of with honey or sugar syrup, it also tastes great with milk and vanilla ice cream! With milk it's like Soya milk & cincau. With ice cream, it makes a yummy sundae! You can make it slightly firmer with less water if you want to enjoy it with milk or ice cream.

YLK said...

Thanks, looks good. BTW, regarding the guiling gao powder, which brand and what are the ingredients listed on the box?

Anonymous said...

Hi! I just tried your recipe and for the first time, I have SUCCEEDED in making this jelly!
All this time I've been following the recipe behind the box and it has always resulted in a semi-liquid semi-solid texture.

Highly recommended to follow the recipe above!