Mango Pudding


Last week, I found some agar agar in my kitchen which was long forgotten. Agar agar is a gelatinous substance derived from algae, commonly used in Asian desserts.

I decided to experiment with these agar agar (instead of packet mango jelly) to make mango pudding (Asian style) and see how it turns out. Every time I dine at Dim Sum restaurant, I have the urge to order mango pudding because it’s so refreshing. Are you like me?

Agar sets at room temperature in about an hour, therefore preparation is fairly quick and easy. One of the beautiful things about agar is that after it sets and the texture is either too firm or too soft, it can be melted again over medium heat, readjusted, and then reset. In my first attempt, I found the pudding was too firm as it starts to set. I pour them back into the pot, reheat it, add more water and Perfect! If only so many other dishes can give me a second chance 🙂

I made these pudding just before sunset and I was scrambling around trying to setup for the photos as quick as I can, to catch the light. Can you notice the difference in the blue tint on the photo above and the one below? As the sun sets, there is less exposure and the white backdrop turns slightly blueish.

Agar Agar


5 gram agar agar or agar agar powder
2.5 cups (625ml) water
1 cup (250ml) evaporated milk
2 mangoes – cut into chunks
4 – 5 tbsp sugar (depend on how sweet you like it)


1. Puree the 1+1/2 cup mangoes in blender until smooth. Set it aside.

2. In a small pot, bring the water and agar agar to boil. Lower down the heat and let it simmer until agar agar dissolve.
3. Add in the mango puree, balance 1/2 cup cut mangoes, milk and sugar. Turn off the heat immediately when the mixture boils or else the milk will curdle. Taste if the sweetness is to your liking.

4. Pour it into the mould or small cups and let it chill in the fridge before serving.
5. Serve with fresh mangoes/fruits and evaporated milk.

The texture is not as soft as the ones I made with mango jelly, this recipe gives a firmer texture. Taste is just as refreshing. My sis CM gives a thumbs up!


  1. Thank you very much for sharing ! I am going to try it out this evening!

  2. Have never tried it, but it looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Can I use frozen mangos? Not sure if I can find agar agar here, but for sure I will be giving yummy dessert a try 🙂

  3. You’re not alone. I too love ordering Mango pudding whenever the whole family goes out for dim sum. Love love love it. Well I know I rarely make our Asian treats, but it’s hightime I make some. Btw, all the best for your baking/cooking competition. Ping told me about it and I originally wanted to go with her. Unfortunately, I can’t be away from work, so will be arranging a catch up real soon when everyone is available. xoxo, Jo
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    • You are not the only one that hardly make local desserts, it’s so easily accessible and cheap too 🙂 Thanks for your wishes and support. It’s the thought that counts! most important for me is to keep calm and remember all the steps 😀

  4. I just made this recipe and pulled my first glass out of the fridge to test it. This is the first time I’ve used agar agar and it has set well. It isn’t quite as smooth as I’d hoped – especially given that I passed the purée through a sieve – but still tasty and it’s nice to have the pudding knowing what’s gone into it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for update! If the pudding is not smooth, I think you must have used the agar agar strands (not the powder). sometimes I also have this problem when the agar agar strands are not properly cooked until it totally dissolve. It is easier to use the agar agar powder 🙂

      • Thanks for your advice. I actually did use the powder, but maybe I didn’t ensure it had dissolved enough. I also used a whisk – maybe I over-whisked the whole mixture, or perhaps the milk started to split a bit. So many maybes! Anyway, I’m looking forward to making it again!

  5. I adore mango and this pudding looks and sounds wonderful 🙂

  6. ooo i love using agar flakes for making pudding! this looks delicious! 🙂 i hope you get to join our #ricelove event! looking forward to your post 🙂

  7. Yum! Great idea using agar agar. I’m going to go see if I can find some leftovers in my pantry. Nice shots!

  8. Hi shanon, your pudding looks really inviting. wish I can have some right now.

  9. mango is one of my favorite fruits I love this dessert simple easy to do.

  10. I just made chocolate pudding but right now I’m wishing I made mango pudding! This looks super scrumptious.

  11. I am so with you on always wanting to order mango pudding at dim sum! I love mango anything! And lucky for me it’s mango season in Israel right now. This looks just delicious. I’ve never used agar agar before but would really love to experiment with it!

  12. I Just Love Mango and this pudding is a recipe I will try. Thank you.

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