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Koi Fish Jelly 年年有余 ~ CNY 2011

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Chinese New Year is all about auspicious symbols, especially when it comes to food you eat and the gifts you present to friends and family. After making so many types of cookies like Pineapple Tarts, Almond Cookies, Butter Cookies, Cornflake Cookies..... I also made Koi fish from agar agar powder.
Koi fish symbolize surpluses ~ ~"年年有余“ (nian nian you yu) means having more enough for the coming year.

  Koi fishes appear to be extremely lively and their cheerful posture along with their slanting tail brings in bundles of money and good luck.

Ingredients:
650ml Water
100g Sugar
8g Agar agar powder
2 Pandan leaves
2 Fish molds (bought from Sunlik)
12 Black currants or raisins

  • Using scissors to cut black currants into half and roll into tiny nibs with your finger tips as fish eyes. Tie pandan leaves into a small knot.
  • Boil water, sugar, agar agar powder and pandan leaves together, keep stirring water until boil at medium heat. Off heat and stir agar agar liquid for another 2-3 minutes. Discard pandan leaves.
  • Put agar agar liquid under double boiler or at low heat to prevent agar agar liquid set quickly. ~ stir occasionally.
  • Using a tweezers and dip black currant into agar agar liquid then place black currant on the fish mold eyes. It will sticks quickly.

  • Take 2 tsp of agar agar liquid into a sauce plate and add a drop of coloring into it (any color you prefer) and mix well. (I used 3 colors ~ red, orange and green)
  • Using the back of the teaspoon,smear the colored liquid quickly on fish mold body ~ mix any color you like. (if the colored liquid has set, add a little hot agar agar liquid to dilute it),
  • After the colored liquid set on the fish mold, gently pour in plain agar agar liquid (cool down a little if liquid is too hot).
  • Chill agar agar Koi fish in fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight before removing from the fish mold.

Do you like it?


Wishing all my Friends and Readers who are celebrating a very Happy Lunar New Year. May the year of Rabbit bring you good health and success :))

祝大家新年快乐 万事如意 兔年好运来!

I am taking a short break from blogging and will return after the holidays. Hope everyone have a wonderful Lunar New Year holidays :))


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  1. oh my! i love this ann!! too beautiful for words! i want i want!!

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  2. wow, this is amazing dear..I love it so so so much... ^^
    Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family too..:)

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  3. I think your koi fish are beautiful! You are so talented. I think it's funny how you use your tweezers to place the eyes. I have several tweezers around for such delicate work. I use them in my jewelry and card making. With treats like this I guess it is an art form!

    Have fun with your family, wishing you the best holiday! See you when you get back!

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  4. Anncoo, you never fail to amaze me with your artistic creativity with food. These little koi fish are stunning. I absolutely love visiting your blog.

    Happy New Year!

    Velva

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  5. the koi fish looks really colourful and nice! i also got my set of moulds, planning to do agar-agar... Good idea to use raisins for the eyes.. When i did my hello kitty agar agar, i use chocolate to fill the eyes and whiskers after it was set and unmould...

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  6. Velva says it all. You are amazing...theses= look so good and will of course bring good things!

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  7. i love how colorful and vibrant the gold fish are! And I'm sure they are just as delicious!! I wish I could get agar agar powder but I don't think there is such here in the US. But thanks for sharing this beautiful piece! Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family! May your family be healthy and prosperious!

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  8. Ann,where can i buy the fish mould in Sgp? i hv seen the very big fish mould but not the 6 small ones in one mould.
    have a blessed CNY :) Ruth

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  9. Ann, the Koi are so beautiful! Happy CNY to you and family.

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  10. Ann, these koi fishes are so beautiful, I like the color combination ^_^

    Wishing you and your family Happy Lunar New Year!

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  11. Wow wow wow!! These agar2 fishes are so so special! I love how you do it..love the colours. Your're so creative Anncoo:)

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  12. cute!! Happy Chinese New Year Anncoo

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  13. These are the prettiest edible koi I've seen! You are so creative with the coloring :) Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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  14. ann, i dont like it. i LOVE it to the max!! (: (: is so beautiful and definitely lively! (: happy new year to you and your family (:

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  15. So so pretty!!! Happy Lunar New Year to you and all at home! Gong xi fa cai!

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  16. So beautiful. I wish you all the luck and money you can get from having this elegant dessert.

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  17. Oh gosh Ann, I don't just like it, Iove it! So pretty & lively! Wish I had bought the koi fish mould too. :P thanks for sharing this, sure puts a smile on my face!

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  18. I have been visiting your blog and you are a fantastic cook!I love those fishes. It is a work of art!Here is wishing you a great holiday an hope to hear from you after the holidays...... Have an abundant rabbit year

    Chris

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  19. Ann, the koi fishes are so beautiful!!!

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  20. I loveeeeeeee it....so beautiful. BTW where u get the mould?

    thanks
    serena

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  21. I loveeeeeeee it....so beautiful. BTW where u get the mould?

    thanks
    serena

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  22. Do I like this? No I don't, I absolutely LOVE this!!! These are so beautiful Ann! Thank you for the step by step pictures and method of how you did this. You are so creative and talented. Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year, my friend!

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  23. The fishes are so lively and beautiful. I can't bear to eat them.

    U are awesome!

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  24. Love the colours, so bright and beautiful! Wish you Happy CNY in advance! :)

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  25. OMG... That school of fish is a way way way beautiful, really love it Ann. It's a work of art ^^

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  26. my dear, these are the prettiest koi fishes ever! LOVE!

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  27. These are so so so so pretty. Oh, just can't emphasize enough how pretty they are. You are a talent!

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  28. 美呆了,真的很漂亮,新年快乐:)

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  29. wow! that`s so cute!

    have a great time,
    Paula

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  30. Wow...these are really beautiful! Ann, I want all. I need lots of money and lots of luck...haha. Hope you have a great time this festive season.

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  31. They are so lovely! Happy CNY to you!

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  32. Gong Xi FA Cai! These koi are super cute!

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  33. Wow they are so vibrant n colourful... You never fail to impress me with your food!!

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  34. OMG I LOVE IT! I would so want to make it! They're absolutely gorgeous! WOW. So creative and I love the colours!

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  35. wow! they are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this!
    Happy Lunar New Year!

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  36. Your koi fish look so beautiful and alive! GONG XI FA CAI, WAN XI RU YI.

    Alice

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  37. Ann, so nice la! I think it's not an easy job to get this done, the fishes are so lively:) Wish you and your family Happy New Year! Enjoy the festival :)

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  38. Ann you freaking rock -- only you could come up with something so delicate beautiful AND edible! After seeing these it made me miss my mom. Happy Lunar New Year -- Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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  39. oh wow! these are so artistically done! Reminds me of those glass artworks from 琉璃工坊. I'm so impressed!!! Well done Ann!

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  40. OMG!!! This is so beautiful :) thanks for sharing the steps in details. Can't wait to try them out too :)

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  41. Coincidentally I made some fish jelly too but I used konnyaku jelly instead of agar agar. I have a different fish mould though and I like yours better.

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  42. Thank you everyone for your awesome compliments. Happy Lunar New Year :))

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  43. @Lyndsey
    Thank you! I have another set of tweezers for my handicraft too. The tweezers in my kitchen are usually for my cakes decoration, really useful :))

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  44. @love melody, love baking
    I must take a look at how you add the eyes and whisker after the agar agar is set.

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  45. @Anonymous
    I bought the molds at Sunlik at $3 per piece.

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  46. @chris
    Thank you very much Chris for visiting. Happy Lunar New Year to you too :))

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  47. @MaryMoh
    Mary, I'm sure good luck will comes to you on the first day of CNY ;D

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  48. @Min
    Min, this is super easy...just anyhow add the colors and you will get a beautiful koi fish :)

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  49. wowow those fishes are really beautiful! good job! :P

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  50. @Joy
    Joy, thank you! Make sure you call your mom on the new year's eve and please send my regards to your mom too. 恭喜发财!

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  51. @travellingfoodies
    Yes, I was telling my husband yesterday that the koi fish looks like 琉璃! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  52. @Blessed Homemaker
    hahaa...I also have those bigger fish molds in many sizes.
    I'm sure your fish jelly looks very beautiful too :)

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  53. Hi there....was amazed by your creativity.

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  54. Everytime you post something with agar-agar powder and using moulds, I always remember the moulds that you sent me. I haven't made anything with those cute moulds yet.

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  55. This is just stunning! Amazing colors and arrangement you made! Simply delightful to behold. With all the beautiful things you did confirms a truly auspicious new year for you and loved ones! Happy New Year!!!

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  56. I love these koi fish alot! I saw the mould but not sure what to do with them. haha... Maybe I should get one next time. These are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm sure you're enjoying your day with your family & friends from afar right now.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  57. wow one of the prettiest foods I have ever seen wow

    Happy New year lovely Ann

    Rebecca

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  58. This is so awesome... They turned out so beautifully too.. Happy New Year

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  59. Those look great! We'd love for you to share your recipe and images at dishfolio.com!

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  60. Perfect, juz like a piece of art. :)

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  61. Ann, these are absolutely gorgeous little jewels of agar-agar. I'm now so tempted to go to Sunlik on Monday to get these molds. Thanks for the tutorial as well. Happy CNY to you and your family.

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  62. Beautiful fish! You have made them look very lively with the colouring! I bought my mum these moulds online - must look out for agar-agar powder in chinese shops so I can get her to make jellies!

    May the Rabbit Year bring you peace, wealth and happiness!

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  63. These are just amazing and magical, and I can't believe they're edible!

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  64. Love the technique to make those beautiful koi fish! You are so inspiring Ann :)

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  65. Just awesome, Ann. I prefer this to those with santan, very filling.
    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!

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  66. My first visit to your blog.
    Looove your agar agar koi - I think they look fantastic!

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  67. Stunning - absolutely STUNNING !

    How could anyone eat these ? They're too pretty !

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  68. 好厉害哦!我看到那鱼好像会游的咧!
    祝你新年快乐~~

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  69. OMG
    Where do you get the mold, it's super cute.

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  70. o man...do I like it? wow...I am speechless. You are an artist. They look almost unreal...you know, too good to be true.

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  71. Pepy ~ you must do something with the molds :)

    Michelangelo ~ Thank you for your lovely comment.

    Kristy ~ Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family too :)

    Thanks Recbecca :)

    Polwig ~ Thank you very much for visiting.

    Jean, Lacey, CaThY ~ Thanks!

    Jo ~ You can make this koi fish for friends and relative, am sure they'll love it :)

    李叶 ~ your mum love to make jelly? Please post up, OK? 恭喜发财!

    Ann, Mirabella, Lia, Cheah,
    Thank you very much for your compliments. Happy Lunar New Year to all of you :)

    Kavey ~ Thank you!

    温馨小屋 ~ 真的很像哦。
    我也祝你心想事成,身体健康!

    Pook, the mold is available in Singapore.

    Angie, hehee...thanks! I'm flattered by your compliment *.*

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  72. gong xi fa cai

    these fishes are adorable. I have plans to make some and hope they will be turn out half as pretty as yours.

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  73. Wow! I am so impressed! You fishes look so awesome good! Too pretty to be eaten! Happy CNY to you and family too Ann:D

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  74. These are prettiest thing I have ever seen. Great job!

    I should think fast of what to do for Chinese New Year.

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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  75. ann, these are so beautiful, so colourful and so cute! everyone would go crazy looking at these edible fishes!

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  76. Cool recipe! I bet they're delicious and they look absolutely gorgeous!

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  77. Hi, Anncoo!
    Thanks for your visit.
    Beautiful fish!

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  78. Aw, they look jade, very beautiful!
    Love them very much. You're so lucky and can get so many pretty molds. And your cooking is like an art too.
    Happy New Year to you, Ann!
    祝你年年有餘! :)

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  79. OMG I could not find any words to appreciate u .They look fantastic and I love your blog very much.Keep rocking

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  80. amazing! they look realistic and pretty with the glassy look and the blackcurrant eyes. love them. happy cny!!

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  81. Ann, these are so adorable! I love what they mean. Happy Chinese New Year :) Thank you for participating in this months YBR!

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  82. This is so cool...I love, love your photos..what a fun little creations!
    Pure talent!!!

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  83. Your koi fish are so pretty! I love the colors you used, it makes them look so real. I've been wanting to make this as I've seen it before, but I haven't been able to find the mold.

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  84. I love these fish. Happy New Year to you.

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  85. These are absolutely amazing and gorgeous :)

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  86. How cute these fishes, Anncoo! Gorgeous colors! But what I really enjoyed those marble cookies! I just can't wait to try that recipe!

    Sorry for the delay of reply. Those cutie works (popsicle, baby and bears) are made from felts. I'm in love with them!

    Xoxo

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  87. These are amazing.

    Enjoy your holiday. La

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  88. What a lovely koi fish jelly. You are so good at doing this. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!!!

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  89. Anncoo, this little koi fish look so pretty...I don't think I'd be able to eat them...too cute. Happy New Year!

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  90. Ann, 祝你及家人恭喜发财,新年快乐,万事如意。

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  91. Ann, these are so pretty and lively. Great to have it on Lunar New Year.

    Xin Nian Kuai Le.

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  92. Anncoo, this is positively brilliant!

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  93. oh my god!!! these are so beautiful? do you eat them? they look too beautiful to eat :) just dropping by to wish you a very happy new year!!!

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  94. OMG..I wouldn't eat them...rather I would look at them for as many hours possible..lol..They look so so pretty Ann :-)
    Happy New year to you and yours !!

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  95. These are too adorable!!!!
    Ann, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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  96. Gong Xi Fa Cai, Ann!!! Here's to the best in the Year of the Rabbit for you and your loved ones!! :)

    xoxo,
    David, Celine, Erica & Arianna

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  97. This is simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and showing us the step-by-step, will bookmark this!
    Happy lunar new year to u and your family!

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  98. love your colorful Koi fish jello!! Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!!

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  99. These are beautiful and lovely! So perfect for CNY! :) Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

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  100. Anncoo,
    Wishing you and family a wonderful bunny year!

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  101. I always make sure I visit your blog around this time of the year. You always amazing stuff for Chinese New Year's!

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  102. Oh lalalalalala!!!
    these are really beautiful!!!!!!!
    happy happy new year to you dear Ancoo!

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  103. OMG, I have been selling these molds on ebay and one of the buyers contacted me today regarding your blog. I almost cried! The fishes are so so so beautiful!!! I can't believe it! I will be a huge fan of your blog from now on.

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  104. I love your Koi fish! So vivid, festive and yummy too! Enjoy your holiday!

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  105. Girl I'm crafty, I sketch, paint, decorate a cake but your artistic ability with food just blows me away. These fish are just exceptional. Happy New year to you and may it be most prosperous!

    God bless and have a fantastic weekend sweeite!!!

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  106. Wishing you a great holiday and these fishies are exquisite!

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  107. These are absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for linking up to Tailgating Time - and sorry I'm so late visiting once again. I'm going to start calling myself the weekend only blogger pretty soon ::sigh:: Anyway, hope you'll be playing along on our final Tailgating Time tomorrow. Bring over your old and new best recipes, no limit to the links you add. Oh and I'll be posting a link to the code for the big Super Bowl party. Hope you'll add the code to your blog too!
    Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! :-)

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  108. Happy New Year to you dear! Oh these are just the most adorable fish I've seen, ever. I want to experiment with agar agar decorating now :)

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  109. Gong XI Fa Cai, Anncoo! Wow, your koi jelly are so beautiful!! I'm sure if I drop one of these jelyy into my koi pond, my fishes will think they have a new friend. You have very good skills! Bravo!!

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  110. Happy New year to you!! I cannot believe you made these yourself! They look absolutely gorgeous and perfect!

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  111. Thank you Friends for leaving your awesome compliments that really made me smile :)) Hope that this Rabbit year will brings lots of good luck to all of you.
    祝新年快乐!!

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  112. hi Ann, just to let you know i bought this fish mould at Kitchen Capers for $2.50 which is much cheaper than other shop. There are many variety of moulds there, some even at $1.50.
    May

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  113. @Anonymous
    May, thanks for informing me. I know Kitchen capers also sells the hello kitty mold cheaper than other shop, will sure to go there soon. I saw a rabbit mold at PH yesterday at 53 cts but didn't buy because CNY is almost over...sigh...already got so many molds in my store room...still cannot stop buying ;DD

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  114. Hi Ann, Thanks for sharing such a beautiful koi fish recipe..I made these during CNY and all my friends and relatives love it so much but of course mine are not as pretty as yours....
    Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous Year of Rabbit!
    Karen

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  115. @Anonymous
    Hi Karen, So glad to hear that you made this Koi fishes. I am sure your Koi fishes look perfect at your 2nd attempt :))
    Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

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  116. Beautiful piece of work. I am going to try this in the coming CNY.

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  117. Cute! How can someone have a heart to eat those lovely fishes D:

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  118. I tired the recipe but my agar did not set and the colors/eyes ran together. Is there something I can do to stop that from happening?

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    1. Ooh...sorry to hear that :(
      Many readers had tried this and their feedback are good.
      Perhaps after sticking the eyes to the mould, try to add a little more plain agar agar liquid on it and when pouring the warm liquid into the mould, pour it at the lower part of the fish mould so that the fish eyes will not melt easily.
      I don't understand why your agar agar did not set. You can add another 1g of agar agar powder to it and stirring the liquid for a couple of minutes more after boiled.
      Hope these help :)

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  119. Absolutely amazing!!! My mum has made something similar but with coffee flavoured agar agar so not as colourful and pretty as your kois. I have her recipe sitting in my draw for 2 years, you have now inspired me ;-)

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    1. Hi, Really hope you'll try my recipe one day :)

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  120. Hi,

    Thank your for sharing your beautiful recipe. Using tweezers to stick blackcurrant on the eye part of the mold is genius! We've shared it in our website: www.jewelpie.com.

    Looking forward to more simple and beautiful recipe from your site. Happy Chinese New Year to you!

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    1. Hi Sarah, Thank you for linking your post to me. Your koi fishes look very pretty.
      Happy Chinese New Year to you too!

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  121. very tempting but do not have the heart to eat koi :'(

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  122. OH wow!! These look absolutely beautiful! Happy New Year to you Ann :)

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