Thursday, September 29, 2011

Almond Dofu (Almond Jelly with Fruits) - (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Almond Dofu, also occasionally called "almond tofu" isn't actually tofu at all. It's a popular dim sum dessert made from cubes of sweet almond flavored milky agar agar, mixed simply with canned fruit cocktail and occasionally served with evaporated milk. Mom has always made this for me; the only change from her method is that I have added a can of mandarin oranges, which I LOVE. Feel free to use whichever canned fruits you like best!

As I mentioned in my kohi zeri post, agar agar is a vegetarian/vegan form of gelatin derived from a type of seaweed; it sets more firm than standard gelatin as well. Almond dofu is traditionally made from almond extract, soy milk and agar, though I prefer to use a pre-made powdered mix, found at most Asian markets, or online as well.

Almond Dofu

3 cups water
1 can fruit cocktail (do not drain)
1 can mandarin oranges, drained (optional)

Combine the agar mix and the water in a small pot. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly until fully dissolved.

Pour the hot agar mixture into an 8" or 9" square baking dish. Let cool to room temperature, then chill completely in the refrigerator until set.

Cut the chilled agar into cubes. 
Transfer to a large bowl.

GENTLY fold in the fruit cocktail and mandarin oranges (if using). Serve chilled.


  1. Do you have to use the fruit?

    1. Not at all! You can enjoy just the almond cubes if you want!

  2. Why is it important to cool the mixture down before chilling??

    1. Multiple reasons - one, putting a hot gelatin directly into the refrigerator will raise the temperature inside the refrigerator, which is unsafe. Two, cooling slowly, then chilling results in proper setting of the agar and a better texture.