Filipino Cuisine: Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert

For dessert, Linda made a Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert.  Most of the ingredients are ready for use in a jar or can except the Agar-Agar which has to be prepared.


The Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert is quick and easy to make as most of the ingredients can be stocked in the pantry. This dessert is versatile as you can used various can fruits of your preference.


  • 2 tablespoons agar-agar powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon flavoring extract like almond, coconut, lychee etc
  • 1 jar (12 ounce) young coconut string, drained
  • 1 large can (796ml) fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small can (6 ounce) of thick cream


Source: Linda

Prep time: 30 minutes;  Serves 8 to 10


Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-15-200x300Combine sugar, agar-agar powder, flavoring extract, milk and water in a medium sauce pan. You may used the liquid from the fruit cocktail (as part of the water) to sweeten the agar-agar and reduce the sugar from this recipe.
Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-2-300x200Cook on medium heat with constant stirring until it comes to a boil.
Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-16-200x300Pour the slightly thicken agar-agar mixture into a baking pan and let it cool in a cold water bath. The agar-agar will solidify when it cools.
Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-3-300x200Linda demonstrated to us a cool trick to cut up the agar-agar. She uses a lemon zester to scrape the agar-agar into long strips that resemble noodles or young coconut strings.

If you dont have young coconut strings in your pantry, you can flavored the agar-agar with coconut extract and it will look and taste like young coconut strings.

Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-4-300x200Combine the drained fruit cocktail, young coconut strings and agar-agar in a large bowl.
Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-5-300x200Add a can of thick cream.
Agar-Agar-Fruit-Cocktail-6-300x200Mix well and chill before serving.

Linda, thank you so much for sharing your Filipino heritage with us.

4 thoughts on “Filipino Cuisine: Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert

  1. Pingback: Filipino Cuisine: Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert | Life in These Hawaiian Islands
  2. Hi! I was wondering, where did you buy your agar powder? We live in Vancouver, and my dad wasn’t sure where to find this. (He frequents your blog. 🙂 )

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