This agar-agar dessert with dried osmanthus flower and goji berries are very simple to prepare, and they are vegan friendly and gluten-free.
For your next visit to an Asian grocery market, I would suggest hunting down for a packet of dried osmanthus flower, usually found in the tea aisle. The flower has such a nice fragrant, though I guess one might need getting used to. The first time I had a taste of this flower was when I visited Gui Lin (桂林), which literally means the forest of osmanthus. The tea, the biscuits, the many different snacks are all offered with osmanthus flavor. To tell you the truth, it was a bit weird when I first tried them since they can be a bit too flowery, but it grows on me and now I crave it every now and then.
Osmanthus and Goji Berry Agar
- 1 tablespoon goji berry, soaked in hot water until puffy, drained
- 750 ml water
- 100 gram sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried osmanthus flower
- 1 packet plain agar-agar powder (7 gram)
- In a small pot, boil together water, sugar, and osmanthus flower. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add agar-agar powder to the pot, stir until completely dissolves. About 2-3 minutes.
- Divide goji berry equally into your preferred mould(s), then pour agar-agar solution into the moulds.
- Chill in the fridge until completely set. Serve chilled.