Pandan jelly iced tea is like the Thai, herbal version of bubble tea! The beautiful floral aroma of pandan leaves, brightened with a touch of lemongrass, and the fun texture of pandan jelly cubes are reasons why this drink has become popular in Thailand in the past few years. I had it for the first time during my last trip to Thailand and fell in love with it instantly!
You can find pandan leaves at Asian grocery stores either fresh or frozen, both work just fine. Before to give the leaves a quick rinse before using, especially at the root end because sometimes there’s dirt in the crease.
Agar jelly is the classic option, but you gelatin instead, just make sure you make the jelly quite firm (definitely firmer than texture of Jell-O) so you can cut them easily, and make sure the tea is cold before adding jelly to the tea. You will need to experiment with amounts of gelatin as I have not personally tried it, but if you already have a recipe for regular jelly, just increasing the gelatin amount by 50% or even double.
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