Golden Sweet Potato Balls with Sesame (黄金番薯芝麻球)


Chinese New year is right around the corner! If you are looking for a very simple sweet snack to serve to your loved ones and guests, try this recipe: Golden Sweet Potato Balls with Sesame. Not only are there just a handful of ingredients, it is also so easy to whip up and delicious to enjoy hot off the stove!

Feel free to make a larger batch and store the balls in the freezer till ready to coat and fry (thaw first please)!

These nutty little golden balls are chewy, nutty and not so sweet. They are absolutely delicious and addictive! I’ve made them into small balls, about 15g each but you can go right ahead and make them larger! Here goes!


  • 300g, sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 100g glutinous rice flour, plus extra for coating
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-5 tbsp water
  • 100g white sesame seeds
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


1. Firstly, steam the sweet potatoes till soft. Steam until the sweet potatoes give easily when poked with a fork, this will take about 10-15 minutes.

2. Mash it up and add sugar, salt and gradually mix in the glutinous rice flour.

3. Here is where you have to eyeball a little - add water a tablespoon at a time and keep mixing with your hands. What you are looking for is a smooth and soft dough that is not sticky. Some sweet potatoes have a higher water content than others so stop adding water until you reach a smooth, soft dough consistency.

4. Take small 15g portions of the dough and roll into balls with the palm of your hands.

5. In a bowl, make a mixture of 1 tbsp glutinous rice flour with ½ cup of water.

6. Drop each ball into this mixture, remove and then roll each ball in sesame seeds. Fully cover each ball in sesame seeds.

7. Do this for all the balls.

8. Heat up your oil for deep frying.

9. Deep fry for about 3-5 minutes on moderate heat.

Serve and enjoy while still warm!

These Golden Sweet Potato Balls with Sesame goes perfect with oolong tea!

Here’s wishing you an auspicious and abundant New Year and may you be blessed with good health and prosperity!
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