Friday, December 28, 2012

Fried Sweet Potato Balls

This is a well-know snack in Malaysia and mostly sold by the street vendors. These deep-fried sweet potato balls are called ‘fan shu tan’ in Cantonese and it is slightly smaller than the size of a ping pong ball. They are cruncy and golden brown on the outside,soft and sweet on the inside. I remember eating this ages ago at Cameron Highlands. Cameron Highlands is a highland region located around 200km from Kuala Lumpur at the state of Pahang. It is well known for its agriculture and also cool weather which is very popular among tourist. Due to its weather, tea and strawberries, which are rarities in the places under the Equator, are substantially planted here. There is this one street vendor that sells these sweet potato balls at the market and we have to get it each time we visited this place.

I Google for the recipe and there are a few version of it. I finally settle with the one by Angie of Seasaltwithfood . This is a full recipe but I did only half of the recipe which yield about 24 balls



450 gram orange color sweet potato flesh
250 gram glutinous rice flour
30 gram corn flour
120 gram sugar
100 gram freshly grated coconut
¼ tsp salt Oil for deep frying

1. Peel and boil the sweet potatoes until tender. Mashed it immediately with a potato masher. Set it aside to cool down.
2. Add in the glutinous rice flour, corn flour, sugar, grated coconut and salt. Mix it well and knead it lightly with your hand to get soft smooth dough.
3. Pinch a small piece, about 15 gram each and roll them in your palm to form a smooth ball (I find mine a bit on the sticky side to I coated my hand with a bit of corn flour)
4. Heat up oil over moderate heat for deep frying. Put in the potato balls, and let it fry until golden brown. Remove and drain the oil on paper tower. Serve immediately.

I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest - Month of Pahang hosted by Table for 2...or more and Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.


Medeja- CranberryJam said...

They look really delicious and I suspect that they are addictive too :)

suituapui said...

Ahhhhh!!!! Ubi kodok!!! I like!!! Had those in Cameron Highlands... Best lah!

K.Nor said...

mesti rasa dia kenyal2 gitu kan sbb letak tepung pulut.. :)

Angie Tee said...

Hey Gert, those sweet-potato balls look scrumptious, and thanks for the link.

Shereen said...

I like this version with the glutinous rice. More to kunyah as it's a bit chewy. However, I don't remember the ones we get in CH is with grated coconut la. Maybe I'll omit it as I'm not a fan of grated coconut as I don't like when the coconut stick to the teeth. I have 2 big orange kumara in my pantry which is suppose to make Kak Nor's donut keledek but until now habuk pun tarak.. Lol!!! Thanks for sharing!

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

collegue kat office i (chinese lady) selalu juga beli kuih ni.. terliur nampak tau.. nak buat tak pandai.. dah ada resepi ni rasa mcm nak try juga one day.. Thanks Gert..

WendyinKK said...

Long time never eat this,
Thanks for the entry

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Nice and round! Almost want to reach out and grab one to pop in my mouth! Lol! I'm thinking of making the purple sweet potato version today...but I'm curious, is it ok to omit the shreddered? I saw Lena's version and her's seems no coconut...thanks Gert! Oh yes, and Happy 2013 to u! Hope to meet up with u this year!!!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

enjoy this with a cup of kopi O, sure bagus..Happy New Year 2013 to you..

PH said...

I love this! I bet I can pop a few into my mouth non-stop :)

ICook4Fun said...

Medeja, yes there are addictive :)

Arthur, yes I love the one from Cameron Highlands too.

K.Nor, ya I actually buat ni lagi the other day and I kurang kan tepung pulut sikit and campur dengan tepung biasa. Sedap jugak.

Angie, thanks for the recipe. They are great.

Shereen, yes macam makan moci which I like a lot. Yes CH one tak ada coconut but you can just omit it. I actually like the coconut taste in these balls ha ha..

Madihaa, cuba lah buat ni. Sedap :)

Wendy, you are welcome.

Bee Bee, I made them pretty small so can just pop it in the mouth. Yes just omit the coconut.

Sonia, Happy New Year to you too!!

Phong Hong, me too :)

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

i dah buat ni Gert.. memang sedap.. husband & anak2 pun suka. Thanks..

lyly said...

Gert, Happy New Year ! Your sweet potato balls look so yummy. Thank you for sharing this.

winnie said...

may i know why when i fried it,why all the glutinous ball stick all together? wht mistakes? are corn flour and corn starch the same? do i have to pour water during kneading? thx