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Very Veggie Recipe Submission: Tropical Tea Jello

January 26, 2021
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Recipe by Connor Hsu

We love the texture of dessert gelatin – but we love animals, too. In this recipe, Connor Hsu devises a vegetarian-friendly take on jello that’s both tropical and full bodied with layers of coconut milk and Jing Si Tea!


5 c water

5g Jing Si Black Tea-Machine Picked

165 g agar powder

1 c coconut milk

1 mango

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (or this vegan version)

recommended tools: kitchen scale (to measure ingredients), sachets for tea, mixer, mesh sieve or sifter


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil. In a pot, add tea leaves and let sit to brew for 3 minutes.
  2. Then, turn heat on tea and bring back to boil. Begin to add 110 g of agar powder and brown sugar, stirring well. Remove from heat.
  3. In 3 cups, evenly pour out mixture. Let cool till it solidifies to a jelly-like consistency.
  4. In saucepan, bring coconut milk and remaining cup of water to boil. Stir in remaining  agar powder well. Remove from heat and pour into 3 previous cups as a second layer. Let cool; will also solidify into a jelly.
  5. In the meantime, peel and cut mango into ½” cubes. Sprinkle on top layer of jello cups.
  6. Drizzle condensed milk across mango topping, distributing evenly among three cups. Enjoy!

A Message From the Chef

I learned about video editing and also learned how to make my own recipe of something I would like to eat. It was a new and fun experience.

Connor Hsu, Student at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA

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