QUOTE (Marrykate @ Mar 31 2011, 08:53 PM)
we call it "wun-ka-tee" meaning "coconut milk jelly." The colorful jelly part is sweet and the white part (coconut milk) is a little salty & nutty in flavor. So it's a good combination when chewing both parts together.
Normally the brown color is made by coffee juice, green is from pandan juice, red is salacca fruit juice etc. so the colorful jelly parts itself taste differently too.
Thais also love to make a coconut jelly cake too, for some reason we don't make it as elegant as the Vietnamese. Your cakes look so cultural but the Thai ones I've seen are more like cute design (like below).
I don't know why we don't add the Thainess into them as much as you do.
Oh Vietnamese call it "rau câu" which is the name of the seaweed used to make it (scientific name: agar gelidium). I don't know why but they taste really different from the American jellos, they don't have that "fruity" taste like American jellos.
The white part on rau câu is from coconut milk too, but I don't think it tastes "salty and nutty" at all. Then the colors are from pandan (green), mocha (brown), durian, chocolate, banana, strawberry, orange...
Then there's another type of jello, which is quite similar looking but they're made from a different type of seaweed called "sương sa". It's not sweet like rau câu
Then there's something called "thạch dừa" which is similar to rau câu but the texture is much tougher. I think they're made from some different plant or material too because the sweetness of thạch dừa is pretty different from the sweetness of rau câu.
Then this black jello is called "sương sáo", which is made from another seaweed. I don't really like it. Tastes weird to me, but lots of people enjoy it.
The Thai jello should be one of the above but the pictures you posted don't give me a "rau câu" feeling because rau câu is usually not "that" transparent. I thought they were more like sương sa or thạch dừa due to their transparency, but your description makes it seem more like rau câu, even though the taste seem kinda different