Dried gulaman or agar-agar is a gum extracted from seaweed. More and more chefs are using this as a vegetarian substitute for gelatin. It is available in Chinese and Japanese markets and in natural food stores. It is sold in colored or white bars. Gulaman can be eaten as is for dessert, but is primarily used as an ingredient in halo-halo, sago [tapioca pearl] drinks, and fruit salads.