Coincidentally, I have some Guillinggao Powder which my father gave me during Ben’s trip back to Malaysia. My sister recommended it to me as this is her daughters’ favourite dessert.

Guilinggao is a Chinese medicine that is made with three-lined box turtles and China roots. It is often served as a dessert, made in the form of a jelly.

Guilinggao has a hint of bitterness (in Cantonese, ‘kum’) and its usually sweetened with rock sugar.


I had tried to make the Guilingao according to the instruction on the box but it turned out to be very watery. So, I consulted my sister for her recipe as she is the one who recommended it to me.


Inside the big package of Guilinggao Powder is 10 small sachets of Guilinggao Powder. My sister’s recipe is to use 5 sachets of the Guilinggao powder with 6 cups of water and 250g of rock sugar. My sister emphasized on the usage of rock sugar as she had tried and failed with granulated sugar.


Bring 4 cups of water to a boil with the rock sugar. Stir until the rock sugar dissolved.


Dissolved the Guilinggao Powder in 1 cup of cold water.


Add the Guilinggao mixture into the rock sugar syrup. Rinse the cup with the Guilinggao mixture with another cup of water and add into the rock sugar syrup as well. Bring the mixture back to a boil and remove from the heat.


Pour the Guilinggao mixture into small serving cups. The Guilinggao will start to coagulate after removing from the heat. So, you must do this step quickly. Once it cools down, refrigerate the Guilinggao until its firm enough to serve.


Sis, thanks for the recipe. I really love the Guilinggao. Unfortunately, Arkensen and Nanzaro would not try it because its so black.

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  1. Rachel

    Thanks Suanne for mentioning all the details in preparing this Guilinggao. I shall follow the instructions given and try it.

  2. Chubbypanda

    Silly boys. It’s good stuff. My mom made this for me all the time when I was a child.

  3. Sally

    I love this stuff with milk tea…

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  5. selena

    hello i came across this site and am interested in your guilinggao powder. However, because i am very health conscience can you first tell me the nutrition of this product. What are the carbs and calorie content of a pack/or box?

    thank you, appreciate you contacting me through my email.


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  7. Helen

    Thank you, Suanne! My mom had Guilinggao powder laying around in our house and we looked online for a recipe and found yours!


  8. teh

    hi suanne, i have this exact guilinggao powder and so far no success in making it according to the packets instructions (yes, too watery! exactly as you mentioned!) this method worked great! thanks for posting this!!! even 3 years later its still appreciated! ^_^

  9. Char

    I am looking for grass jelly leaves to make from scratch. Anywhere in Vancouver where I can find this?

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