Longan Jelly

Longan is Arkensen’s favourite fruit. He prefers those from the can with syrup than the fresh ones. It seems that the canned ones are more meaty.

This Longan Jelly is another recipe from the Delicious and Fragrant Local Cakes recipe book. Some of the recipes which I had blogged before from this recipe book are Glutinous Rice Cake and Steamed Rice Cake.



  • 1 can longans
  • 20g agar-agar
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 litre water
  • sufficient food colouring

Agar in an unbranched polysacharide obtained from the cell walls of some species of red algae or seaweed.

Agar-agar is a Malay word for jelly. Agar-agar will dissolve in hot water and when cooled, it becomes gelatinous. It is often used as a vegetarian substitute to gelatin, in jellies, ice-cream and as a thickener for soup.

Click on the link below for the instructions.


IMG_0833_edited-1Open a can of longans and separate the longans and the syrup.
IMG_0834_edited-1Soak the agar-agar in cold water for 1 minute to soften it.
IMG_0836_edited-1Remove the agar-agar from the soaking water and combine with sugar, water and syrup from the can of longans. Bring to a boil and stir until the agar-agar and sugar is dissolved.
IMG_0839_edited-1Add in the colouring and stir well. Strain the agar-agar mixture to remove any undissolved agar-agar.
IMG_0841_edited-1Place a few longans in several moulds.
IMG_0842_edited-1Pour in the agar-agar mixture. Let cool.Chill in the refrigerator until set. Remove and serve.

This is a very versatile recipe. You can substitute the longans with can pineapples, mix fruit cocktails, nata de coco, lichee, peaches, etc. It’s all up to your creativity.

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  1. Mama BoK

    Oh.. i love can longans too..! i prefer longans to lychees. I can get can longans here.. but agar-agar.. hahha!! ironic eh..??

  2. Chubbypanda

    I prefer my longans fresh, but this seems like a refreshing alternative.

  3. Rasa Malaysia

    I love the longon too, but I prefer canned rambutan where the hollow is stuffed with pineapple. Yum.

  4. BuddingCook

    this looks delicious. 🙂 very yummy. we use to buy little jelly cups w/ lychee in them all the time.

  5. SexyMalayGirl

    I love this recipe!!! We get agar-agar and longans at Marina Foods-my family loves it. Whenever I throw a party-these make nice deserts. [= Except if I;m making it for a large group I pour them in ice cube trays w/ one longan in each cube.

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