Agar-Agar Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Agar-Agar Salad is another popular appetizer or dessert of Filipinos that is commonly served in every special occasions like Christmas and New Year. Salad is consist of gelatinous substance blend in condensed milk and cream together with various fruits.

4 tablespoons agar-agar powder
2 liters water
1 tablespoons flavoring extract (pandan, orange, pineapple, etc) (optional)
1 can fruit cocktail
2 big cans all purpose cream
1 big can (370ml) condensed milk

Part 1
1. In a pot, combine, agar-agar powder, flavoring extract and water then stir until dissolved.
2. Bring to boil over medium heat until slightly thicken. Keep stirring.
3. Pour the mixture into baking pan or rectangular-shaped container. Set aside and let it cool until solidify.

Part 2
1. Scrape the agar-agar into strips.
2. In a large bowl, combine fruit cocktail, cream and condense milk then mix.
3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Serve cold.

Jelly Seaweed Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Jelly seaweed salad or kinilaw na potpotlo is another Filipino delicacy in Northern region. Jelly seaweed AKA(also known as) pokpoklo is another type of seaweed that normally eaten raw and toss with onions and tomatoes. In my experience, we eat this jelly seaweed salad as side dish together with fried fish and garlic rice.

Estimated time of preparation: 5-8 minutes(plus refrigerating time)

2 cups fresh jelly seaweed
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons spicy vinegar or calamansi juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon sugar(optional)

1. Wash seaweed thoroughly then drain. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
2. In a bowl, combine seaweed, onions and tomatoes.
3. In a small bowl, combine spicy vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. Serve as dipping sauce or combine in seaweed salad.
4. Serve immediately top with sliced salted eggs, fried fish and garlic rice.