Mbak Tika, one of Indonesian Food Blogger Club members (an Indonesian foodie club in FB), arranged a special event for celebrating our national Independence Day requiring us the members to post something with red and white theme. I then remember about a hip hop strawberry pudding that I made last year with my boardinghousemates on Ramadhan month. Why is the pudding named hip hop? I have no idea; it was inspired by a pudding named hip hop whose recipe calls for the use of cute colorful jelly balls. It might be because of the jelly balls used, the pudding named hip hop, what a really cool name :D.
The story of this strawberry hip hop pudding began last year on a Ramadhan month when my friends and I looking for a simple recipe for iftar (fasting breaker) in my recipe books collection. One of my friends found a hip hop pudding recipe and was inspired by it. I then remembered that I had white agar-agar and strawberry flavored jelly powder. As we didn’t have the jelly balls, we manually made the jelly balls from strawberry jelly by using fruit baller (yes, it DID take time :D). We added a drop of red food coloring to the the strawberry jelly mixture before cooking it to make it more reddish, instead we would have pink jelly ^^. We didn’t follow the meauserement suggested by the recipe, we were only inspired by the hip hop idea.
When the strawberry jelly balls were ready, my friends cooked the white agar-agar with water mixed with white milk and added it with sugar and a pinch of salt. Before turning off the heat, we added soaked biji selasih (Selasih seeds/Chia seeds) to the agar-agar mixture and stirred it well. After done, we poured the agar-agar mixture into a pudding mold. We waited for minutes until the pudding cooling down (but still in the liquid form and not solid yet) before we put in the jelly balls into the pudding. After becoming solid, we put the pudding in a refrigerator and got a very nice slice of sweet hip hop pudding for iftar ^^. We were happy! :D