Coffee and pandan flan

Coffee and pandan flan

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Makes
6
Photographer
Chris Chen

I was inspired to make this dish after being invited in Sulawesi, Indonesia, to harvest the seaweed that is used to make agar agar. I always smile to myself when I think about these very simple ingredients making their way into the kitchens of some of the best chefs in the world. Agar Agar has been used by Asians for centuries and is now sold at exorbitant prices in specialty stores as part of spherification kits for molecular gastronomy. The people who harvest this commodity would be astonishedto know how far their product travels.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
sliced mango, whipped cream and grated palm sugar, to serve

Base

Quantity Ingredient
2 teaspoons agar agar powder
875ml good-quality plunger-brewed coffee, double-strained
100g grated palm sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
or 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds from

Top

Quantity Ingredient
2 teaspoons agar agar powder
875ml coconut milk
100g grated palm sugar
2cm pandan leaf, (see glossary)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
or 1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. To make the base, place all of the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and divide among six 200 ml capacity glasses. Cool, then refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  2. When the bases have set, make the top. Place the agar agar, coconut milk and palm sugar in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the pandan leaf and bring to the boil, then add the vanilla and salt and combine well.
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then remove and discard the pandan leaf. Pour the mixture over the top of the bases and refrigerate for another 2 hours or until set.
  4. Garnish with the mango, cream and sugar to serve.

Note

  • If you wish to serve the flan unmoulded, make the top first, then cover with the base. Turn the flan out of the mould like you would jelly.
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