Monday, 22 April 2013

Avocado Back-to-Back : Avocado Mousse with Gula Melaka

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This dessert is really bad for me.  It combines four of my favourite ingredients, so I ended up eating triple double portion.  I go weak at gula melaka, so I kept stealing extra spoonfuls to flood my mousse.  If Gasing Hill was next to my house, I could have sprinted up and down the entire track several times just on a sugar high LOL!

In all seriousness, this is a lovely dessert and very unusual.  When I read this on Mich's blog, I couldn't wait to try it.  Here's a modified version of it - minus the coconut and coffee (I was lazy to buy coconut, and no coffee so my son can eat). 

This dessert has three stages:

1. Make the gula melaka syrup
2. Make the gula melaka agar agar
3. Make the mousse and assemble the whole thing

Allow at least 3 hours to make this, as you will need to wait for the agar agar to set before cutting into cubes, as well as let the gula melaka syrup cool down completely.  Once both are done, the last bit takes no time at all.  

Avocado Mousse with Gula Melaka
Adapted from Piece of Cake
Serves 4 small servings

  • 2 ripened avocadoes, chilled
  • 1 packet (about 250g) of gula melaka, roughly chopped
  • 1 packet (10g) of instant agar agar powder (you need much less for this dessert, but no point opening the packet just to make a few jelly cubes, might as well cook the whole thing) 
  • 15ml water
  • 3 heaped tbspn of chilled Greek yogurt (omit the water if using regular yogurt)

1.  Roughly chop up the gula melaka.  Using a heavy based stainless steel saucepan, add in about 2 tbspn of water and all the chopped gula melaka.  Over a low heat, gently stir to melt the gula melaka into a thick syrup.  Be careful not to burn the bottom.  Pour into clean bottle jars and let it cool.       

2.  Follow the instructions on the agar agar packet to cook the jelly.  Usually the ratio is 1.2 litre of water to cook the whole packet of powder.  Once the agar agar has melted into the boiling water, add in the gula melaka syrup until the desired sweetness.  Pour about 5 tbsp into a 5x5inch square glass container, (the rest into jelly moulds), let it cool down, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut it into small cubes.

3.  Make sure the avocadoes are fully ripened.  They should have turned purply black, and soft to the touch at the top part.  Chill the ripened avocadoes for at least 4-6 hours.

4.  De-seed the avocadoes and scoop out the flesh into a blender.  Add the yogurt and a little water, and blend until it becomes smooth and creamy.

5.  Scoop out onto serving bowls and top with the gula melaka syrup and jelly cubes.  Serve immediately.

This is a good way to get your kid to try avocado.




  1. Esther, this is a rather interesting combination. Avocado and Gula Melaka hmmm...but if you said that you had double (or was it actually triple ? hee..hee..) helpings that means it must be very good :)

    1. PH, this combination really works for me because of the balance of creamy nuttiness and gula melaka syrup...i am addicted to it :p

  2. I really enjoy reading the avocado recipes but had never tried it once. I have problem choosing the haha.... :o( Hopefully, I will try it out some day. You like what you did to the pasta as well. Sounds awesome & healthy.
    Have a great week ahead.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Kristy! Hope you get to try these soon :)

  3. Wow! I love these special combination look delicious!!!!

  4. I would probably be too lazy to make the agar-agar and just make gula melaka syrup and drench it over the avocado mousse. Great combo!

    1. Yen, must make the agar agar, it makes a difference to the whole thing !

  5. The agar agar looks so good with the mousse! Glad to know you enjoyed this :)

  6. Hi Esther! Based on the ingredients alone, I'm sure this is good! Buttery avocado with sweet and fragrant gula melaka... Mmmmm.

  7. Wow! This is different and interesting! I've never seen the combination of avocado and Gula Melaka. Like Yen, I would also skip the agar agar, lol!

    1. Nooo, don't skip the agar agar, Kelly. Makes it extra nice.

  8. Interesting fusion. I like that part that says 'good way to get your kid to try avocado', guess it can be applied to adults too, huh :)

  9. Yummy food like that makes me wonder why I don't like avocado :P :D It looks really pretty delish ! Maybe someday , I'll buy just one of it and try it lol

  10. wow, i luv this too..and may double or triple the portion too..after that you will see me running in menglembu hill :D

    1. Lena, LOL!!! We sama-sama go sugar-high jogging ya :p

  11. Esther,
    Oh! This looks so good!
    I bet the agar-agar makes the avocado mousse even more delicious right?
    Again must try lists is getting really long :p


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