Delicious Summer Treat & Giveaway Winner!

Those of you who frequent dim sum restaurants have probably ordered this dessert many times before.  Almond tofu (also known as almond pudding or almond jelly) is the perfectly refreshing finish to all those little dumplings.  Maybe you've had a variation of this dessert such as mango pudding, coconut jelly, or coffee pudding -- which are all equally delicious.  But did you know these creamy Chinese jellies are also good for the skin?  One of the main ingredients is agar agar, a gelatin made from seaweed that contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and lipids that cleanse, tone, firm, soften, and hydrate the skin.

Some of the newer recipes call for regular gelatin instead of agar agar and you may want to substitute it as well if you have difficulty finding the agar agar (I found mine at the local Korean market).  Gelatin contains a high concentration of glycoprotein and proline amino acids which is known for smoothing the skin and strengthening hair and nails -- so it's also good for you!  I prefer using the agar agar as I am a vegetarian -- it was a relief to discover I could still enjoy "jelloesque" desserts!

The best part of the almond tofu recipe is how few ingredients you need and how simple it is to make.  Most of you probably have this stuff lying around the house!

What you'll need:

2 cups water
5 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 tablespoon agar agar powder (or 2 packets unflavored Knox gelatin)

*NOTE: If you prefer a "milkier" taste or a solid white colored almond tofu you can substitute the evaporated milk with 2 cups of regular milk and reduce the water to 1.5 cups


Pour 1 cup of water into a sauce pan and sprinkle the agar agar powder (or unflavored gelatin) on top.

Set stove to medium-low setting and bring mixture to a boil, stirring until the powder dissolves.

Add the sugar, evaporated milk, almond extract, and remaining water, stirring for an even consistency.

Remove from heat and pour mixture into your favorite mold.  (You can add food coloring for a fun colored pudding.)

Place mold in refrigerator and let set for 2-3 hours.

When hardened, remove from refrigerator -- serve and enjoy!  There are many ways to eat almond tofu -- it is often cut into cubes to look like real tofu. Popular toppings include litchis, cherries, and fruit cocktail. Use your imagination!

And yes I finally have the winner for my Super Kawaii Giveaway.  Thank you all for being patient -- it took awhile to get through the 580 entries and almost 3000 extra entries!
The winner is Susie P all the way in the Philippines!  I've sent you an e-mail so please reply with your mailing address.

Thanks to all who entered.  Next up -- my Hello Kitty Giveaway!


Elle said...

I love jello-y stuff, especially the almond flavored one. I'm surprise it's actually good for us too since I'm sure it packs some sugar in there. Thanks for the info! Now, I can eat all I want NOM NOM NOM

Charlene said...

I love almond "tofu" with lychees!

rock-or-not said...

This is so cute!!
I never ate that )=
I want to taste now!!

Estefania Lovelifefashion said...

Hey that look yummy!!! :)
Congrats to Susie P ;)

Rae said...

I should make my mom one of these.

Prettyinthedesert said...

OMG I can't believe you made that!!

D.Sadie said...

That looks too cute! And congrats to the winner.


Charlene said...

Wow, this looks like an awesome recipe! I'll def try it sometime! Congrats to the winner!

Arianne Cruz said...

that looks amazing!! but i'm not sure i would try it lol :)
i love the hearts though!

congrats to the winner :)

JERR said...

Congrats to the winner,the treat looks delicious!

JERR said...

Congrats to the winner,the treat looks delicious!

ohyouprettythings said...

This looks so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing! :]

Eden-Avalon said...

My favorite is coconut jelly >w>;

Congrats to the winner and I will definitely be entering the HK giveaway!

Jessica said...

Bahaha, I smiled when I read this blog post since I absolutely love almond tofu (hence the name of my blog, "almond tofu, please")! I'm planning on trying this recipe sometime this week! I have my own recipe for almond tofu, but it doesn't contain evaporated milk...needless to say, I want to try all of the different almond tofu recipes out there :) So thanks for sharing!

Marxie ♔ said...

that looks delicious. :D
wow! Congrats to the winner. You're really lucky. :))

Lindsie Lee ♥ said...


Reika Amakura said...

that looks yummy!
btw, congrats to my fellow filipina winner Susie P! :)

Fash Boulevard said...

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Em said...

looks yummy! yey can't wait for the HK giveaway. Congrats to the winner

Michelle said...


Anonymous said...

So are you supposed to eat this or wash your face with it? said...

LOL you're definitely supposed to eat it! Although I'm sure the milk and seaweed wouldn't be too bad for your face either :P

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