Yen Can Cook ~ Sweet Potato Balls

I have a craving list during the MCO period (or the recent CMCO), which obviously consists of the food that I have been craving but not really available or conveniently to get (due to the distance). Cakes (constantly craving for this >_<“), Keropok Lekor, Malay/Nyonya kuih, icy dessert (such as ABC) and Tau Foo Fah, are some of the food my list 😛 As you can see, most of the food are street food and those food are quite hard to recreate at home (at least for me & my cooking skill). But there’s a food that I think I can make it at home, sweet potato balls. 

Sweet potato ball is a popular street food in Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan. Ingredients needed are simple, sweet potato, tapioca flour, and sugar. There are two types of sweet potato balls, one with dense interior and the other version is with hollow center. Today’s recipe is the latter version.


Ingredients (Serve: 3-4)

200g sweet potato (weight after being steamed)

100g tapioca flour

40g sugar


Cooking oil


Step 1: Remove the skin of sweet potatoes and thinly slice them (to quicken the steaming process). Steam sweet potatoes for at 15 minutes or until soft.

Step 2: Mash the sweet potato and mix in sugar. Add tapioca flour to create a dough.

Note: The moisture content of each sweet potato is different, add the tapioca flour gradually on this step and add water if the dough is too dry.

Step 3: Roll the dough into log shape, then cut it into small chunks. Roll them to create small balls and each ball weigh approximately 5g-7g.  

Step 4: Heat cooking oil in a deep pot and add in sweet potato balls, not too many in one go. Cook them over low heat and stir them with spatula constantly so they’ll cook evenly.


Step 5: When the sweet potato balls start to turn light golden brown, gently press the balls down in the oil or against the wall with your spatula or wide strainer, like the photo above. 

Step 6: Repeat the pressing motion at least 3 – 5 times until they are golden brown, this makes the balls expand in size and hollow center is formed.

Step 7: Remove the sweet potato balls from the pot, drain on paper towel and serve.


HAPPY COOKING! Continue #stayathome   #dudukrumah


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