Gulaman with Pineapples and Raisins

Gulaman with Pineapples and Raisins

Gulaman is a type of jelly dessert made out of agar; it is then flavoured with milk, pineapple juice, pineapples and raisins.  It is another popular dessert in the Philippines, mainly because it’s easy to make and it’s very economical.

Agar or agar-agar is a gelatinous substance coming from red algae; it is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine where its use is not just restricted in gelatine.  Also used as a laxative, an appetite suppressant, gelatine substitute for vegetarians and a thickener for soups; it is also used in fruit preserves, ice cream and other desserts like this post.


2 bars red gulaman
4 cups water
1 large evaporated milk
1 large can pineapple, cubed reserve liquid
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract


1. In a large sauce pan tear gulaman into small pieces add water, reserved liquid from pineapple and sugar then bring to a boil then simmer until gulaman flakes are totally dissolved.
2. Remove from heat then add evaporated milk and vanilla extract.  Place in a container or jelly mould then set aside for 5 minutes to cool down, at this stage liquid will be a bit thicker and start to set.
3. Slowly add pineapples and raisins then place in the refrigerator.
4. Remove from mould then serve chilled.

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36 thoughts on “Gulaman with Pineapples and Raisins

  1. I remember as a child eating this dessert during fiestas, christmas holidays, and special occasions . Had never personally tried cooking this until now that you posted the recipe and the forgotten taste is back.

  2. We call this “China Grass” in India. My mother used to make this for us all the time. She would layer it in glasses with one layer of china grass and one of jelly and top it off with some fruit.
    This looks yummy and brought back so many childhood memories.

  3. My mother use to make a jello with fruit cocktail, but I’ll have to agree with Meri – this is much prettier! It also sounds tastier. Interesting combination of the raisins and pineapple. Sounds delicious!

  4. Thank you! My ni’s birthday is coming up so I was going to drop off some siopao and bibingka as a present but I was struggling to figure out what else to include – I know what I’m doing now!

  5. Hi! I cant find here in Australia the gulaman bars. Can I use the powder? But how will be the measurement of water if I will add evaporated milk? Plan to make this on my bunso’s bday. Thanks heaps!

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