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Grass jelly

Not to be confused with Liangfen or Nokdumuk.

Grass jelly, or leaf jelly, is a jelly-like dessert found in
China, Hong Kong, Macau, Southeast Asia and Taiwan.
It is available in various form, size and packages. It is
most typically served chilled in a bowl, either by itself
or with fruits, but also used in bubble tea. Outside of
Asia, however, it is mostly sold in cans or packets in Asian


Grass jelly is made by boiling the aged and slightly oxidized stalks and leaves of Platostoma palustre (Mesona chinensis)[1][2] (a member of the mint family) with
potassium carbonate for several hours with a little starch
and then cooling the liquid to a jelly-like consistency.[1][3]
This jelly can be cut into cubes or other forms, and then
mixed with syrup to produce a drink or dessert thought
to have cooling (yin) properties, which makes it typically
consumed during hot weather. The jelly itself has a slight
bitter taste and a light iodine and lavender avor, and is a
translucent dark brown, sometimes perceived to be black. Green grass jelly
Food coloring may sometimes be added to make it darker
so it looks more appetizing.


China, Hong Kong and Macau

In China, Hong Kong and Macau, grass jelly was traditionally served with sugar syrup. Now it is often
served mixed with other ingredients, such as mango,
sago, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other fresh or canned
fruit, and evaporated milk.
Although this dish is sometimes called liangfen (leung
fan) in Chinese, it should not be confused with the Chinese starch jelly liangfen, which is an entirely dierent Chao kuai sold on the Sunday Walking Street market in Chiang
Mai, Thailand



Platostoma palustre (Mesona palustris).

In Indonesia, black jelly (Cincau hitam) is manufactured Two other plants used in Indonesia are Melastoma polyanas an instant powder, like other instant jellies or agar. thum, known as Cincau perdu,[4] and Cyclea barbata,
This form is easier to use. It is made from the leaves of known as Cincau Hijau or green grass jelly.[5]

Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

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Plain grass jelly is mixed in various kinds of desserts,

such as ice kacang and cendol. It is also mixed with cold
soy milk and served as a refreshing drink/dessert, a drink
known as Michael Jackson in South-East Asia (a reference to Michael Jacksons changing skin color and/or the
song "Black or White").[6] Various combinations of grass
jelly with rose avoured syrup added to milk (bandung)
are called bandung cincau or bancau for short. There
is also shaved ice with grass jelly toppings.

Aiyu jelly



Jidou liangfen
List of Chinese desserts
List of desserts



Main article: Gulaman

4 References
Grass jelly (Philippine: gulaman) bricks are used in the
various Philippine refreshments or desserts such as sagot
gulaman, buko-pandan, agar an or halo-halo. It may
also be used in fruit salads.



In Taiwan, grass jelly is known as

(xian cao), and
is used in various desserts and drinks. It can sometimes be added to boba drinks and shaved ice ( ). It
is also commonly used in a traditional Taiwanese drink,
where the jelly is heated and melted to be consumed as
a thick dessert beverage (
), with numerous toppings
like tangyuan, taro balls, azuki beans, and tapioca.

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[2] Armstrong, Wayne P., Grass Jelly (Mesona chinensis), retrieved 2008-05-19
[3] Bush, Austin, Inside the greenhouse, retrieved 2008-05-19
[4] www.unimainz.de Archived December 18, 2014, at the
Wayback Machine.
[5] TANAMAN OBAT INDONESIA. www.iptek.net.id.
Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
[6] Kopi (Coee). unclelimscafe.com. Retrieved on 201201-11.

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In Thailand, grass jelly is known as chao kuai (Thai:

[tw ku j]), from Hokkien pronunciation of " "
(co gu in Mandarin). It is commonly served relatively
plain together with ice and natural brown sugar. Additionally, it can also be served with fruits such as jackfruit,
the fruit of the toddy palm or mixed with other Thai



In Vietnamese, grass jelly is sng so or thch sng

so. Grass jelly is chopped in small cubes and served as
an additional ingredient in sweet desserts made from various kinds of beans (ch). There are two common kinds
of grass jelly in Vietnam which are Platostoma palustre
(Mesona chinensis, called sng so in Vietnamese) and
Tiliacora triandra (called sng sm; sng sa or rau cu
is the name for jelly made from various kinds of algae).


Asian Food Glossary

Black jelly and other kind grass jelly
Indonesia Black jelly Instant Powder

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