Chinese Mango Pudding is creamy, smooth, and full of sweet mango flavor. Plus it’s simple to make. A great dessert for Chinese New Year!
Every now and then my kids get curious to try new foods. A while back we introduced them to Asian food, and they have really grown a taste for it. So we thought we’d be adventurous and have a fun family night, by serving easy, tasty foods with a little cultural inspiration.
We looked for a Chinese dessert that would be easy enough to make, but not too culturally unique, so that the kids would still try it, and we settled on Mango Pudding. Apparently it’s a popular Chinese dessert, and my kids do love mangoes. The recipe is easy to whip up, it just needs time to chill, so prep it the night before you want to serve it or make it early in the day.
As for the dinner, we just can’t beat grabbing some P.F. Chang’s Home Menu meals and appetizers from the freezer section. They even have Family Size Orange Chicken and Chicken Fried Rice skillet meals now. It’s easy, restaurant-quality authentic Asian food, enjoyable at home with made-from-scratch sauces and vibrant veggies.
We tried the Orange Chicken that’s made with real Orange Peel and other carefully selected ingredients that allow caramelization of the sauce, replicating the wok cooking process. The flavors are bold and the aroma is heavenly!
We also grabbed some egg rolls and jasmine rice to go with it. My kids downed the egg rolls! The best part is that everything cooks up so fast, which makes it easy to make during the middle of the week when you get that take-out craving.
We’ve decided we are replicating this meal to celebrate Chinese New Year. Our mango pudding dessert turned out creamy, smooth, and perfectly sweet, with just the right amount of fruity mango. I’ve noticed some recipes serve it with evaporated milk. I think we will try that next time. (Scroll past the recipe to check out an awesome giveaway!)
- ¾ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 pound frozen mango chunks
- 1¼ cups water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 (1/4-ounce) packets unflavored gelatin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup COLD water
- 2 cups mango puree (made with ingredients above; instructions are below)
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1 tsp lime juice
- Place 8 (6-ounce) ramekins (or cups) on a baking sheet; set aside.
- MANGO PUREE: Place ¾ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place frozen mango chunks in a blender and pour in the sugar mixture. Blend on medium-high until very smooth, about 1 minute.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer set over a medium bowl and press the puree through with a rubber spatula. Discard any pulp, or stringy fibers. Measure 2 cups of the puree and set aside. (Save leftover puree for another use.)
- MANGO PUDDING: Place 1¼ cups water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Place ¾ cup sugar, the gelatin, and salt in a large mixing bowl, add the ½ cup COLD water and whisk to incorporate, about 30 seconds. Add boiling water and whisk until gelatin and sugar are dissolved, about 1 minute.
- Add the 2 cups of mango puree, heavy cream, and lime juice. Whisk to combine. Divide evenly amongst the ramekins/cups. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
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