Sweet Potato Balls for Desserts

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Sweet potato balls (ondeh ondeh)

Sweet potato balls (ondeh ondeh)

Time for a lovely dessert. I love sweet potatoes so I’ll make a Malaysian dessert using sweet potatoes. It is called ‘onde onde’ in Malaysia. It’s a long time since I last ate that. Have to learn to make it if I want to eat because I have not found any in UK. It tastes quite like ‘angku’, a Chinese dessert, which is also another of my favourite. The recipe here:

Ingredients A
200g sweet potato
150g glutinous flou
50g tapioca flour
50g water (about)

Peel, cut and steam the sweet potato until soft and cooked. Drain and mash the potato. Add in the 3 types of flours. Mix and knead to a dough. Add the water if the dough is too dry. This depends on the sweet potatoes.

Ingredients B
gula Melaka (chop into small pieces)
some castor sugar
dessicated coconut

Gula Melaka is a type of palm sugar. You can get it from most Oriental supermaket. It has a different texture and taste from normal sugar. Substitute with brown sugar if it is unavailable. Mix some castor together with it. This is for the filling.

Divide the dough into small marble sized balls. Take one ball, flatten it, place some ‘gula Melaka’ pieces in the middle and roll up into a ball. Do the same to all the other dough pieces. Have a pot of boiling water ready. Put in the balls. They are cooked when they float to the surface. Remove and drain. Roll them in the dessicated coconut.

Leave it to cool down before you eat because the filling of the melted sugar is molten hot. Biting into it is fun as you feel a burst of the sweet, sugary syrup in your mouth. The best to eat it is when it is cold as it doesn’t feel so soft. I love to chill it first before eating.

Have you everr tried this sweet potato balls or ‘onde onde’? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Thought of the day……

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Les Brown


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5 Comments

Jeannie Tay  on October 15th, 2009

Hi! I love this sweet potato dessert too! Glad to finally meet a fellow Malaysian in a foodblog.

Mary  on October 15th, 2009

@Jeannie - Lovely to meet you too and thankd for your comment.

Divina  on October 29th, 2009

Can you have more Malaysian desserts please? With glutinous flour and coconut milk. I think you have lots of them.

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Divina - Oh….you love Malaysian dessert! You just ask at the right time…haha. I have one nice one tomorrow. I believe you will love it. Thanks very much for suggestion.

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