Making layered agar-agar is not difficult, but you’ll need to have some patience as it has many steps. This Matcha Coconut Milk Layered Agar-Agar recipe has some cornstarch added to the agar-agar to help the layers to stick together better, it will less tend to split when cut.

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Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) Coconut Milk Layered Agar-Agar | MyKitchen101en

Ingredients for matcha layer:

  • 900 ml (3.75 cups + 1 tbsp) plain water
  • 10 g (1 tbsp + 1/4 tsp) agar-agar powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps matcha (Japanese green tea) powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 120 g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsps ) fine sugar

Ingredients for coconut milk layer:

  • 650 ml (2.75 cups) plain water
  • 10 g (1 tbsp + 1/4 tsp) agar-agar powder
  • 1/2 tsp matcha (Japanese green tea) powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) fine sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup + 2 tsps) thick coconut milk
 

Directions:

1 Matcha agar-agar: Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl, mix well. Bring to the boil over medium heat, cook until agar-agar powder has fully dissolved. Dip bowl in hot water and cover to keep warm (prevent agar-agar from setting).

2 Coconut milk agar-agar: Combine all ingredients (except coconut milk) in a stainless steel bowl, mix well. Bring to the boil over medium heat, cook until agar-agar powder has fully dissolved. Add in coconut milk, bring to the boil again. Dip bowl in hot water and cover to keep warm.

3 Put 8″(20-cm) square baking pan on ice water, pour in 180 g of matcha agar-agar, swirl the pan to spread evenly.

4 When the surface of matcha layer has set, pour in 180 g of coconut milk agar-agar gradually by the side of the pan, swirl the pan to spread evenly.

 

5 Repeat the steps until both agar-agar have been used up, (Reminder: The setting time of agar-agar depends on the temperature of water, add in more ice after making 5 layers to keep the water icy cold.)

6 When the agar-agar has set, cover the pan and keep refrigerated for a few hour to chill it up.

7 When chilled, unmould and cut into pieces.