Herbal Jelly ~ Gui Ling Gao literally translated means 'Tortoise Jelly' is one of my family's favourite desserts. It's much more economical to prepare this at home for you'll need to fork out between Rm 9 to Rm 11 for a bowl of this cooling dessert in any of those herbal tea outlets. This soothing jelly, served chilled, is supposed to be able to help reduce our body heat, helps to get rid of toxins and is believed to be good for the skin thus culminating a healthier complexion.
Making this herbal jelly is a breeze. Just follow the instructions on the reverse side of the packet but I tweaked it a bit as I find the jelly a bit too thick for my liking. You may also choose to omit the sugar altogether and serve the bland, slightly bitter or what the Cantonese refer to as 'kum' taste jelly with some honey.
Recipe for Gui Ling Gao
- 1 packet of Gui ling gao powder (50 gm)
- 250 ml water to mix with the above powder
- 1.5 litre water (instruction says 1 litre)
- 250 gm cane/rock sugar or more if so desired (instruction says 150 gm)
1. Boil the water with the cane sugar till sugar has dissolved.
2. Meanwhile, mix the 50 gm of Gui Ling Gao powder with the 250 ml water thoroughly till well blended
3. Once the syrup is boiling, lower heat and mix in the powder mixture, keep stirring for about 10 mins. The mixture will start to thicken.
4. Sieve the mixture and pour into serving bowls. Discard any lumps.
5. Once cooled, keep chilled in the refrigerator before serving
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