This mock fruit is created from a mung bean, coconut milk and sugar syrup combination that is moulded into fruit shapes and painted with food colouring. The shine is achieved through the application of agar.
3 cups yellow mung beans
1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
1 cup (250ml) 1:1 sugar syrup
2 tablespoons agar powder
2 cups (500ml) water
25ml each various food colours
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Soak the beans overnight in water. The next day, steam in a cheesecloth lined steamer until soft.
In a blender puree the beans with the coconut milk and the sugar syrup until very smooth. Add more sugar syrup if needed. Place the bean puree into a brass wok.
Over well regulated low even heat cook the puree until it becomes a pliable paste. Make sure the bottom of the wok does not stick or you will get an unpleasant chunky paste.
Pull off small amounts of paste and mould them into various fruits, such as mangoes, apples or anything else that you can think of. You can use bamboo skewers to help you shape the fruits.
Place the bottom of the fruit on a bamboo skewer and paint appropriate colours. While the fruits are drying make the agar dip.
Gently heat the agar powder in water until the agar is completely dissolved. Cool slightly. Dip the painted fruits into the agar using the bamboo skewer as a handle. Poke the other end of the skewer in a sheet of styrofoam to let the agar set.
When the agar is dry and set arrange the fruits on a tray and serve.