The weather has been very hot these few days. Indoor temperature exceeding 30 degree Celsius in the night was not uncommon. With this sweat-driving temperature, no one will resist a cool bottle of jelly or pudding.
This not-so-sweet milk tea jelly has a pudding-like tea milk layer and a plain red tea layer. If you like milk tea, try this :)
Yield: 4 x 200ml pudding bottles
60g raw sugar
1 tsp agar agar powder (seaweed powder)
1 pandan leaf (optional)
4 red teabags
100g fresh milk
20+10g whipping cream*
* if you want a creamier pudding-like texture, you can add an additional 10g of whipping cream.
1. Mix raw sugar, agar agar powder and 50g of water in a bowl. Let the mixture stands for about 15 minutes.
2. Heat up 500g of water and pandan leaf, until you can see small bubbles appearing at the bottom of the pot. Place the teabags in and let them steep for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the teabags without squishing them, as this will make the tea bitter.
3. Pour in the agar agar mixture from (1). Heat and stir till the agar-agar dissolves.
To check whether the agar agar powder has totally dissolved, take a small spoonful of tea mixture, and place in the fridge for about 5 minutes. If the mixture coagulated, then the mixture is ready.
4. Scoop about 5 tbsp of the tea mixture to each pudding bottle. If you wish to cut out some small stars for decorating the agar agar later, you can scoop about 2 tbsp of the tea mixture to a shallow saucer.
Keep the tea mixture in the fridge for about 15 minutes to solidify it.
5. While waiting for the tea mixture to solidify, add fresh milk and whipping cream to the remaining warm tea mixture in the pot. Stir to form a homogenous mixture. Cover with a lid to prevent the surface from forming a milk skin.
Do not boil the mixture to prevent the milk fat from separating from the mixture.
6. Scoop an equal amount of milk tea mixture to the 4 pudding bottles.
7. Use a small cutter to cut out some stars.
When the surface of the milk tea mixture has almost solify, place the small stars over it.
8. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, cover with the lids, and refrigerate them for about 1 hour or more.
Serve cold :)