Mango pudding is the thing I would look the most forward to when going out for dim sum. This is a super easy way to make it at home and uses very few ingredients. Included in the recipe are substitutes, and details as to why I use one ingredient over another.
Mango pudding at dim sum
Growing up, mango pudding was my all time favorite dessert and I would order it every weekend at dim sum. They often came in the shape of a fish and with evaporated milk to be poured on top.
Fast forward a few years, and my Mom actually found a way to make the mango pudding even better, however this involved using a mango jello packet that could only be found in Hong Kong. This recipe replicates both the classic dim sum flavors with the texture of my moms mango pudding perfectly.
Key ingredients for mango pudding
Gelatin powder is extremely important for this recipe because it is what will solidify the mixture in the fridge and turn it into pudding. You might be thinking this is a very difficult ingredient to find but I actually got mine from Walmart. It came in a package of three and each packet is 1 tbsp of gelatin powder.
Mango puree can either be bought canned at a grocery store or made using mangos. I actually prefer using mango puree from a can in this recipe because it has a smother texture. The flavor also resembles the dim sum mango pudding better than using fresh mangos.
Adding coconut milk to this pudding will create a smooth and creamy consistency. If you don’t have coconut milk, you can substitute for cream, milk, or evaporated milk as well. I think the coconut milk flavor works the best.
Important steps for mango pudding
Dissolve gelatin powder first
Always dissolve the gelatin powder in hot water first. If you don’t it will result in lumps in the final product.
Give the pudding time to set
Please be patient and allow the pudding to fully set in the fridge. Otherwise, you may be left with a smoothie instead :).
Mango Pudding (Hong Kong Style)
- ½ cup boiling water
- 1 tbsp gelatin powder
- 1 cup mango puree
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 2 tbsp evaporated milk
- Dissolve gelatin powder in hot water. Mix with a whisk until no more clumps appear.½ cup boiling water, 1 tbsp gelatin powder
- Add sugar and mix to dissolve as well.2 tbsp sugar
- Add mango puree, coconut milk, lemon juice and mix until smooth and is one color.1 cup mango puree, ¾ cup coconut milk, 1 tsp lemon juice
- Add ¾ cup of mango chunk into the mixture then pour the mixture into two bowls.1 cup mango chunks
- Cover with plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until solid.
- Top with remaining mango chunks and evaporated milk.2 tbsp evaporated milk
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