Cold jelly sweets are very popular during the hot and humid summer in Japan. I like any kind of jelly sweets, but my favourite is Azuki Kanten Jelly ‘Mizu-Yōkan’. A variety of Azuki jelly sweets are available from shops over there, but, here in Melbourne, I have to make them if I want to eat them. Good thing is jelly sweets are easy to make.


6 Servings


1 sachet (8g) Agar Agar *e.g. Queen’s ‘Jel-It-In Vegetarian Gelling Powder
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 pinch Salt
2 cups Milk
1/2 to 1 cup Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste)

  1. Place Agar Agar OR Gelling Powder, Sugar and Salt in a large heat-proof bowl, and mix well using a whisk. Add Milk and mix well, then heat in the microwave for a few minutes and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally with the whisk.
  2. *Note: You can do this process using a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring well. Once it started boiling, remove from heat.
  3. Add Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste) and QUICKLY mix well with the whisk. It will start setting at a room temperature.
  4. Pour the mixture in a plastic container or serving glasses. When cool enough, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for a few hours or until completely set.