By Stephenie “Remedi” Lai, Staff Writer
Being half Vietnamese and half Chinese, I have my share of food to choose from. With my family reunion this past August, there was one thing I looked forward to the most – my aunt’s Chinese jello dessert. I remember when I was a kid, my mom and aunt would make all different flavors of this simple dessert. There were coffee, chocolate and even egg-flavored jellos. More popularly, the dessert comes in layers. You might see this in the Asian supermarkets with brown, white and green layers. It’s usually a sweet coffee or almond flavor. It’s especially great in the summertime when you want a cold dessert to cool you down.

I’ve never actually made it myself, but here is the recipe for anyone who wants to give it a try. You could also substitute the almond with other flavorings, like coffee or vanilla, to mix things up a bit.


  • 2 cups water (divided into 1 cup each)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract


  1. Pour 1 cup water in a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and stir until the gelatin is partially dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and slowly pour in the gelatin mixture. Add the milk, sugar and almond extract and stir until the sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a large, shallow container. Refrigerate until firm. It should take about 3 to 4 hours. Cut into small squares to serve.

This delicious gelatin dessert is not only a great summer treat, but it’s low in calories and fat. Even better for those with a sweet tooth who want to keep their summer beach bodies in shape.



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