Xi gua lao (Chinese: 西瓜酪; pinyin: xīguālào; lit. 'watermelon jelly') is a traditional dish of Beijing cuisine. It is a thickened and chilled watermelon soup eaten in summer time.

Xi gua lao
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Watermelon agar jelly
Place of originChina
Region or stateBeijing
Main ingredientsWatermelon, cherries, agar, sugar, vanilla powder


The dish is commonly prepared using these ingredients: watermelon, cherries, agar, sugar and vanilla powder.

Water is mixed with agar, vanilla powder and sugar and boiled into a syrup. The watermelon is crushed to get the juice out of it and mixed with the syrup. The mixture is then chilled until thick and served cold.

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