Vietnamese Jello Cake(rau cau)

OBBOBB caliRegistered Users Posts: 4,174 Curl Neophyte
thought i post a recipe for this for those that wants to try it.

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this was bought for my dad's 80th birthday party.

some more i found on the web.


Rau Cau (Coconut, Mocha, Pandan flavored Vietnamese Jello Cake)

Rau câu is a Vietnamese jello cake that is made out of agar agar, which is a seaweed by product similar to gelatin. It's made out of coconut milk, condensed milk and layers of your favorite flavorings like mocha, vanilla, coconut, banana, chocolate and durian (if you're adventurous!).. It has the same texture of pana cotta.

It's a great alternative for vegetarians who do not want to use animal (usually pork) gelatin in desserts.


Servings: 6
2 pack agar agar powder
6 cups coconut milk
2 1/3 cup superfine sugar, to taste
7 1/3 cups cold water
12 Tbs Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tbs pandan paste, to taste
1 Tbs mocha paste, to taste


Dissolve the agar agar in water. Pour in a sauce pan then put on the stove over high heat. Constantly stir with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil then immediately lower to medium heat. Keep stiring for an even, smooth texture.

In a different pot, heat the coconut milk, then combine with the agar agar liquid. Add sugar. Then lower the heat. Divide the mixture into 3 bowls. Pour 4 tablespoons of condensed milk in each bowl. Add the pandan paste in one of the 3 bowls and mocha in the second bowl. Leave the third bowl as it is. Stir until the color is even.

Brush each mold with cold water. Pour the bowl with pandan mixture into the mold to form the first layer. Let it cool about 10 degrees. The oil of the coconut milk will form a skin on top. It wil start to gel. Pour the plain coconut mixture as the second layer when the top is a little sticky to the finger but the liquid hasn't reach a gel consistency. Repeat the same procedure with the mocha mixture. It's crucial that you wait enough time in between each layer so that the layers bind together without mixing with each other.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Unmold the jello cake onto a serving plate. It's delicately flavored. Serve with Vietnamese coffee.


I use the Longevity Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, the one with the picture of a white long-bearded old man. You can easily find it in Asian stores, well at least it's very easy to find it in California.

I buy the Koepoe-koepoe pastes. There are rose, mocha and pandan. If you're adventurous, you can also try the durian paste.

I use the AROY-D coconut milk brand. It has no preservatives and it is very convenient, they sell it in 8.5 oz little package (which is about 1 cup)

Superfine sugar is very convenient for desserts. It's also called caster sugar or baker's sugar. It dissolves more quickly than the regular sugar. I usually use it for liquids.

You can find 25g (0.88 oz) agar agar packages in any Asian store, it's a Thai brand.

The end product should have a slightly firmer consistency than panna cotta.

Agar agar powder is a good gelatin substitute for vegans and vegetarians. It is derived from seawood and is cooked the same way you would use gelatin powder. It is widely used in Asia.I also use it to make fruit mousses like my egg-free banana mousse or chestnut mousse.


  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,731 Curl Virtuoso
    Those are so beautiful!!
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  • burgundy_locksburgundy_locks Registered Users Posts: 2,420 Curl Neophyte
    Who would eat those!!!! It's art!! :)
    para los gustos se hicieron los colores

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  • NalliaNallia Registered Users Posts: 2,979
    I haven't had one of those in years. SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I wish I could make a cake look that good!
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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo EarthRegistered Users Posts: 3,861 Curl Neophyte
    Those are too pretty to eat.. I'm not a fan of regular jello, but these sound really tempting. Thank you for posting these. :D
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