Milo agar-agar Buddhas

Posted on March 10, 2009 by Aun

Okay, I’ll admit right from the start. This is a pretty silly post. (It’s also a post that may really upset some very devout Buddhists out there but I’ll take that risk.) Last year, some rather crazy but always fun friends gave us a set of some of the wackiest jelly / pudding molds I have ever seen. The Il Buddino molds, as you can see, allow slightly deranged foodies like me to make Buddha-shaped desserts.

S’s birthday was this past weekend. One of our celebratory meals was a fantastic lunch prepared for us and several friends by Chef Jimmy Chok, who is hands-down one of the best guys in the country when it comes to catering exquisite meals for small groups. For fun, I also decided to break out the Buddha molds, which had gone unused since we received them a number of months back.

S suggested that I make Milo agar-agar Buddhas to serve as our apres-dessert course. Which seemed like a fine idea until I realized that not only had I never made Milo agar-agar before, I’d never even tasted it (hey, I grew up in New York). S assured me it was a simple thing to make. All I needed to do was get the ration of Milo, sugar, water and agar-agar correct. After a little experimentation, I settled on a 5g agar-agar, 450g water, 75g milo and 25g sugar ratio, which seemed to work just fine.

As you can imagine, the Buddhas went over well — that is to say, everyone laughed. Fortunately, our group of friends is pretty darned tolerant. And while a big hunk of Milo agar-agar isn’t the ultimate gustatory pleasure, it sure can be fun when shaped the right way.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. OysterCulture March 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    What a neat way to end, what sounds like a wonderful celebratory meal. Your post has me begging the question, what was on the menu that Cehf Chok created?

  2. Chubby Hubby March 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Lou-ann,

    Here’s Jimmy’s menu (sorry about the Caps… menu taken off of an email he sent me):






  3. OysterCulture March 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful meal – what a great birthday celebration! Thanks for sharing the menu. I’m in San Francisco and reading this post before breakfast and already my granola does not look up to snuff.

  4. CrazyC March 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    When I saw this picture, I cracked up! Absolutely hilarious! Now I have to get these molds!

  5. NAOmni March 11, 2009 at 10:08 am



  6. tingles March 11, 2009 at 11:38 am

    hi, was wondering if you used the agar agar that comes in a yellow pack?

  7. Chubby Hubby March 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Tingles: I bought a big jar actually, but I think whether it is in packets or jars, it is the same thing.

  8. MKZ March 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    hey! a ~1% agar gel is what we use in lab to run DNA gels! i’m sure yours taste better, though (and aren’t carcinogenic)

  9. Y March 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    How cool! If someone gave me those molds, I would definitely use them!

  10. Cheryl T. March 12, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Hi ChubbyHubby, I came across your blog a few days ago–and was immediately immersed in it. I noticed you had dealings with many top chefs in singapore. I am 17 this year and am very passionate about cooking. I am also aspiring to be a chef. My parents do not know of my dream, but they seem very unenthusiastic whenever I spoke of cooking. Would you give me some words of advice, please? I don’t know whom else to turn to. Thank you!

  11. Labelga March 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    LoL! What is Milo? What about using lime or some exotic juice next time.

  12. missp March 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Where did you get the mould? Its really nice!!

  13. Jon March 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I’m not a religious person…but Im not sure if I could bring myself to eat a Buddha :P But still I think it’d be pretty fun to poke him and watch him jiggle.

  14. March 14, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Agar agar Buddhas – what a perfect idea. I’ve had a packet of agar agar sitting on my counter for ages. Now I know exactly what to do with it.


  15. J. March 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    awesome post and awesome mold. my initial reaction was “where’s the food” and then I read that what appears to be a Buddha figurine is actually Milo agar-agar. Milo, very appropriately asian. :)

  16. valisa March 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    OMG I want some of those Milo Buddha!!! Had lots of agar-agar Milo growing up. Unfortunately the Milo they sell here is not the malty, chocolatey, creamy sweet Milo they have back home – it is imported from Nigeria.
    Gotta make some and find a good alternative.
    Have a great weekend, Aun & S!

  17. Mrs Ergül March 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Wacky indeed!

  18. dimply March 14, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    ch, you should try baileys agar agar next time ! or baileys + kahlua!

  19. Miakoda March 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    “As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment……” – a part of something Buddha said. He would have laughed with real amusement if someone had told him there’d be people eating edible versions of him in the future. And I think laughter is quite nourishing! :) Really cute stuff!

  20. Becklee March 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I love Milo agar agar and I think the Buddha moulds look cool…. but, I would have trouble swallowing it!

  21. Jocelyn March 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    would you mind e-mailing me the recipe for your Milo Agar Agar, please?
    my friend’s birthday is coming up and she LOVES milo (she eats it straight from the tin) and im thinking of preparing the milo agar agar for her after reading your post! :)
    i don’t cook .. so i really have no idea how to make agar-agar in the first place. it would be a great help if you could e-mail me your recipe. please?

    thanks alot!

  22. Chubby Hubby March 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Jocelyn: The formula is 5g agar-agar, 450g water, 75g milo and 25g sugar. Make your milo with the water, sugar and milo powder. Heat everything in a saucepan/pot. Make sure the milo powder and sugar dissolve completely. Bring to a boil. Add the agar agar, then turn off the heat and stir. Then quickly pour into your mold.

  23. siok kuan March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    just to round off your agar-agar buddha story:
    il buddino is italian wordplay on “budino” (with 1 “d” meaning pudding) and “buddino” (2″d”s meaning little buddha).

  24. Joanna April 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve been lurking on your site forever and I have to say that posting these Agar-agar buddha has made my morning! They’re AWESOME.
    I also had no idea that you were from New York. I’m here right now and I wish I could get my hands on some Milo to try to make milo agar-agar. Is it more pudding-like?

  25. Jacqui April 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Fabulous. They came out beautifully

  26. ah loy June 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    is gelatine and agar-agar the same?

  27. MzP July 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Sooo Cool….

  28. shirley@køkken69 October 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hello CH, I also have set of these molds. I tried making pandan panna cotta but I lost the face and eyes of the buddha after I tried to heat up to demould. Probably I should try with Agar powder instead of gelatine….

  29. Kate October 23, 2009 at 8:15 am

    i just bought these molds when i was in rome! i’m so scared to melt them though…do you have any suggestions for things to make? have you tried anything else in them aside from milo agar-agar? i was thinking of pudding and panna cotta

  30. S October 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Kate & Shirley,
    A friend just recommended this recipe :)

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