Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red bean agar agar

What do you need?
- 1 packet of agar agar strips (37.5gm net weight, see packaging)
- Fine sugar 600g
- Coconut milk 500g
- Red bean, uncooked 150g (cooked 250 - 300g)
- Corn flour 200g

How to do it?

Cook red bean beforehand:
Soak red bean overnight or at least 1 hour
Bring pot of water to boil before adding the red beans (according to instructor, if you add red bean in water and bring it to boil together, the red bean takes much longer time to cook)
Cook red bean until soft. The beans should be whole and not broken. Takes 45min - 1 hour.
Drain red bean from red bean soup, keep both beans and soup separately.

Making red bean cake
Soak agar agar strips in water for 1 hour.
Drain water and cut agar agar strips into 2 inch lengths

In a separate bowl, add 600g water into cornflour (Corn flour mixture)

Add more water into red bean soup until total weight is 1600g.
Bring to boil with agar agar strips until agar agar dissolve totally into the soup.

Add coconut milk and sugar. Bring to boil.
Turn off the heat.

Add in corn flour mixture. (Check on corn flour mixture, if the flour has already sinked to the bottom of the bowl, stir it up before adding)

Keep stirring/whisking until well mixed. Turn heat back on and continue to stir until the mixture thickens and boils again.

Add red bean and mix well, careful not the break the beans.

Pour into small cup moulds or tray immediately.
When cool, put in fridge until it hardens totally.

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