Es campur (pronounced es champur) is an Indonesian dessert with colourful fruity and gelatinous ingredients mixed in coconut milk.
This dessert comes with a bit of a warning. I do think that for more western taste buds, especially because of the wobbly bits, meeting es campur could be either a passionate love or hate relationship. Mine is a passionate love, but then I’ve eaten these types of desserts ever since I was can’t even remember as a child. Oh, and the wobbly bits are agar agar, which is gelatin made from seaweed extracts.
Es Campur Recipe
1 bowl palm seeds
1 bowl jackfruit
1 bowl red agar agar
1 bowl coconut cream with agar agar
1 bowl tapioca pearls
1 small bowl palm sugar syrup
1 bowl ice
1 big bowl coconut milk
Step 1: Make the Agar Agar
Mix red agar agar mixture with water and bring to boil. Let it set. You can either cut them into cubes or grate them (like we did here) as if you would grate cheese.
Step 2: Make Coconut Cream with Agar Agar
Pour a small quantity of white agar into water and bring to boil while stirring all the time. Once its boiled, set it to cool. Once its nearly fully cooled, pour coconut cream on top while stirring so that the agar agar breaks up into smaller pieces and mixes with the coconut.
Step 3: Make the Tapioca Pearls
Mix tapioca pearls with water and bring to boil. Let it set.
Step 4: Ensemble the Es Campur
Prepare all the ingredients. Put a small amount of each ingredient into a bowl. Pour come coconut mill on top. Add some palm sugar syrup if extra sweetness is desired.
- With the amount of ingredients here, we had big bowls for dessert with Indonesian friends. Then we got to eat more big bowls of this for another three days, which was fine with me.
- It can be traditionally served in a big pint sized glass instead.
- The palm seeds and jackfruit were from a can as the fresh versions are not available here.
- The tapioca pearls are usually the whitish transparent type. We used this one with coloured bits – I think they are a Chinese variation – because they were the only ones available in the Asian store at the time.