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Please talk to me about lychee jelly and its relatives.

liu | Jul 29, 200703:56 PM     18

Until it turned into a Beard Papa's cream puff store, I used to frequent a tea shop that served small rectangular lychee jelly pieces in a glass of unsweetened chilled green tea. These were the best lychee jelly pieces I have ever experienced. Yes, they were an experience because they exploded with flavor when chewed and nicely complemented the earthy-ness of the green tea.

When I went to search for this lychee jelly, however, I could not find it on any Asian market shelves. Perhaps it doesn't exist? Perhaps it is coconut jelly that has been lychee flavored?

Yesterday, I found the closest jelly, but not exactly the same. It is Sword Fish Brand (in tiny print on the glass jar) and the glass jar has a bright red metal lid. The label shows a bunch of red lychees. This Vietnamese product is called Nata de Coco -- with lychee flavor.

So, does lychee jelly exist or will I find only other jelly cubes with lychee flavor?
What are some of the other jelly cubes? Is mango jelly really from mangoes or is it, too, coconut or other fruit that has been infused with mango flavor?

What brand is good? What else are these cubes used for...on rice?...in yogurt?

Thanks!

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