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This koi fish jelly dessert with coconut milk is the perfect dessert served during Lunar New Year as well as major Chinese festivals such as the Mid-Autumn Festival or even the Winter Solstice. Fish in Chinese implies abundance and is synonymous with having abundant wealth, luck, fortune and prosperity, so much so that one has more than what he or she can enjoy.

koi fish jelly

The same recipe can also be used to make jelly mooncakes, check out my mango coconut jelly mooncake. You just need the mould. Here I am using baby koi fish mould but you can also use a bigger koi fish mould. The red top portion of the koi fish comes from beetroot juice and I love how vibrant the colour turns out to be.

pig jelly
Using the same coconut jelly but a different mould. Isn’t this little piggy cute?

Some tips in making this koi fish jelly dessert

  • Whether you are using the baby koi fish mould or the bigger koi fish mould, the base of the mould needs to be stablised with bowls or small cups. Once you pour the agar agar mixture in, the mould becomes a little unstable and will spill. It helps to stablise the mould with a base made up of bowls or small cups and place it on a tray, so you can easily transport the filled mould into the fridge to chill.
  • Stick the black sesame seeds on the eyes after you de-mould the jelly. I tried ‘sticking’ the sesame seed in the mould before pouring in the agar agar mixture and it was quite disastrous, even though I ‘glued’ the sesame seeds with some liquid agar agar. The eyes just wouldn’t stay and you will have better results sticking them on after the koi fish jelly has set.
  • This dessert is best served chilled so keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • The agar agar powder I used is the Swallow Globe brand. It comes in different colours, including white and clear. Do check out the colours when you buy the pack.
  • The agar agar powder I used indicated 1 litre of liquid to 10g of the powder. It is best to stick to this proportion should you want to add more coconut milk than water, the total should come to 1 litre.
  • Desserts with coconut milk cannot be kept for too long, I would recommend enjoying it within 2 days of making this.
koi fish jelly

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koi fish jelly

Koi Fish Jelly with Coconut Milk 鲤鱼香椰果冻

This koi fish jelly dessert with coconut milk is the perfect dessert served during Lunar New Year as well as major Chinese festivals as it not only means abundance of wealth, luck, fortune and prosperity, it's also really cooling and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill in fridge 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine asian, Chinese
Servings 4 persons
Calories 130 kcal


  • 1 beetroot small
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 900 ml water
  • 10 g agar agar powder
  • 60-100 g Stevia sweetener season to taste
  • Black sesame seeds


  • Peel and cut beetroot into cubes, then blend as finely as possible. Sieve the blended beetroot to extract the juice.
    1 beetroot
    juice beetroot
  • Dab a few drops of the beetroot juice into the base of the koi fish mould.
    koi fish jelly
  • Boil water over high heat. Add agar agar powder and Stevia sweetener gradually while stirring to make sure there’s no lumps forming. Bring to a boil, then reduce to very low simmering heat.
    900 ml water, 10 g agar agar powder, 60-100 g Stevia sweetener
  • Add about 2 tbsp of the agar agar mixture into the mould and mix briefly.
    Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes for the jelly to set firm.
    koi fish jelly
  • While the agar agar mixture is heated on simmering heat, add coconut milk and mix well and bring to a simmering boil.
    100 ml coconut milk
    add coconut milk
  • Once the base jelly has set, add the coconut agar agar mixture to fill the rest of the mould.
    koi fish jelly
  • Chill in the fridge until the jelly is set firm.
    koi fish jelly
  • Add black sesame seeds as the eyes. As the jelly is moist, just have to gently tap the sesame seeds on the eye area and it'll stick on.
    Black sesame seeds
    add the eyes
  • Serve cold and enjoy. 
    koi fish jelly



The small koi fish mold I used is available here. You can also make larger ones but I prefer the cuteness of the baby ones and each small koi fish jelly can be served to each of my guests. 


Calories: 130kcal
Keyword agar agar, beetroot, coconut, fish
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