Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-Agar Gula Melaka)

I made this Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-Agar Gula Melaka) for a Christmas party of Malaysian and Singaporean friends. The theme for the potluck is Malaysian food. The party is on Boxing day and my boys had asked me to go shopping in the morning. I made the Agar-agar Gula Melaka on Christmas day so that I can have time to go shopping and have food to bring for the party.


Gula Melaka or palm sugar has a unique fragrance to it that cannot be substituted with other type of sugar. You can find gula Melaka at Golden Summit on Westminster Hwy (across Richmond Public Market). Agar-agar can be found in most Asian groceries store.


  • 18g agar-agar strips
  • 685ml water
  • 1 teaspoon pandan essence (or 2 pieces of pandan leaves)
  • 275ml coconut milk
  • 300g palm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt


Source: this recipe is adapted from Traditional Nyonya Cuisine by Lucy Koh


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