Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Aiyu Jelly with Lemon and Longan

I remember eating this jelly in Malaysia. There was this lady near my mom house selling it together with her ice-kacang (shave ice) She will mix this soft golden jelly with some syrup and calamansi juice. A perfect thirst-quenching drink that is both healthy and delicious especially having it in our hot tropical afternoon.

So what is Aiyu Jelly? Aiyu jelly is a jelly made from the gel of the seeds of a variety of fig, and is commonly found in Taiwan and Singapore. Aiyu” 愛玉 jelly means fig jelly. To produce it, the aiyu seeds are first placed into a cloth bag and then submerged into cold water. After massaging the bag of seeds, the aiyu seeds will release a gel-like substance, which will eventually turn into jelly through refrigeration. The texture is similar to agar agar and konyanku, and makes a light and refreshing dessert. You can read more about it here .

You can get canned Aiyu jelly at the Asian grocery store here in the USA. I mix it with can longan and added some lemon juice to it since I can’t find any calamansi here. This dessert is great for the hot summer and I am going to make this again for our next BBQ get together.

Not much of a recipe but here is my version of this dessert.

You need:

1 can of Aiyu Jelly – cut into cubes
1 can of logan
Juice of 2 lemons
Some ice cubes
Some lemon slices for garnish

Mix everything together and serve cold.

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers # 20 – Asian Dessert Buffet (June 2012), hosted by Moon of Food Playground


shirley@køkken said...

I recently managed to get some Aiyu seeds from Taiwan and made this from scratch. Totally fun!

Kimmy said...

I loved Aiyu esp. with lime. Not many places selling this in Penang [know of 1 at Weld Quay]. Ate several bowls when I was in Taiwan last year.

Shereen said...

A friend posted about this Aiyu jelly a few weeks back in FB and I asked her what it is not realising I have been eating it since I don't know imagine eating something for years and yet don't know what you are eating!!!I have not seen this jelly in cans before or probably I don't know what it is even if I have seen it before.Love your interpretation of the sweet and refreshing dessert:)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

today i just learnt how to make jelly from the seed but your version sound simple, just pour from the can..the pasar malam near my place selling this by mix it with passion fruit.

Cheah said...

Is this something like what we call
'wan tou long' back here?

My Little Space said...

I love aiyu jelly too! It's a very chilling drink. I heard that they have powder form available at the Chinese medical hall but had never buy it before.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend, Gert. And also wishing you a very happy 'duan wu jie'! Enjoy your dumplings.

lyly said...

Gert, I never heard of Jelly mix in with Longan and Lemon. It sound good especially in Ummre. I'll try it some day.

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Unknown said...

Hi, may i know where to buy the Aiyu Jelly in can? I am from KL.