Aside from the occasional homemade ice cream binge, or the very rare instance where I actually bake something, I don't usually make many desserts. It's not that I don't enjoy sweets, it's just that my sweet tooth usually gets vetoed by my lazy bones.
So whenever I come across a dessert recipe where I don't have to turn my oven on, my sweet tooth can finally exercise its powers over said lazy bones. Such was the case when I was thumbing through Bee Yin Low's new cookbook, Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites From Dim Sum to Kung Pao, and found a beautiful looking recipe for Fresh Mango Pudding.
Bee, if you didn't already know, is the mastermind behind the megablog Rasa Malaysia. Rasa Malaysia has been an inspiration to me since I've started my own little blog here, and now that I'm working on my own cookbook, the recipes and photographs in Bee's new book continue to inspire me as well.
(Full Disclosure: My own Filipino cookbook will be published by Tuttle, the same publisher behind Easy Chinese Recipes.)
If you're a regular reader of Rasa Malaysia, you'll find Bee's same sense of style and kick-ass food photography in Easy Chinese Recipes. As the title suggests, the cookbook contains easy to follow recipes for everything from fried wontons, to hot and sour soup (I tried this recipe too, and it's killer), to beef and broccoli (ditto).
But as I mentioned earlier, the Fresh Mango Pudding is a snap to prepare and requires few ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. And besides, like most Filipinos, I love me some mangoes--and this recipe makes great use of our favorite fruit for a refreshing and light dessert.
All you need to do is blitz a couple of ripe mangoes in a blender or food processor, then mix the puree with some sugar, milk, and gelatin. Pour the mixture into some ramekins and allow them to set for a few hours, and voila, Fresh Mango Pudding that far exceeds the stuff you usually get at dim sum joints.
But you don't have to take my word for it. For the exact mango pudding recipe, and for many more delicious Chinese dishes, do pick up a copy of Easy Chinese Recipes. It's a wonderful guide for authentic and accessible Chinese cooking.