If there’s anything that I find very cute when it comes to Chinese or Dimsum dessert is this Sesame Seed Balls, also known as Buchi in the Philippines. It’s deep fried filled with a surprise filling of either sweet potato, custard and yam. I’ve always been in a hunt for the best Sesame balls in town and I haven’t found anything that appealed to my taste or maybe because it’s usually served cold and its yummy goodness is not as great compared to freshly cooked ones. So with that, I decided to make myself one using sweet potato/camote.
Be ready with your kitchen tools peeps because I guarantee this one is a yummy and fun dessert to make for your friends and family.
Sweet Potato Filling
½ kilo sweet potato
1 cup evap milk
¼ cup white sugar
4 cups glutinous rice flour
1 ½ cup of water
½ cup white sugar
Extra rice flour for kneading
1 liter of vegetable oil
White sesame seeds
- Boil the sweet potato ‘til cooked, drain and then peel off.
- Mash the sweet potato ‘til you have a mashed texture, set aside to cool
- Using a pan/wok over medium heat, add the milk and sugar and mix until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
- Then add the mashed sweet potato and continuously stir until thick. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
- Once at room temperature, grab ½ tablespoon and form into a ball.
- Mix the water and sugar ‘til the sugar is dissolved.
- Using a large bowl, slowly incorporate the glutinous rice flour and the sugar and water mixture until you form a soft and smooth dough. Add small portions of water if needed if the dough is a little dry or flaky.
- Set aside and leave the dough to rest for 1 hour covered in a plastic wrap.
- After an hour, flour your table or a wide chopping board and massage the dough until smooth. Then form into a log about 2 inches in diameter, then cut into 1 ½ inch.
- Wet your palm with water, then roll the dough into balls, then gently press the middle and the sides to form a flat circle with the center as slightly thicker than the edges.
- Place the filling in the middle and then slowly fold to the top center, and then seal by pinching the folds together. Then continuously role the dough into an even-shaped ball.
- Coat the balls into a bowl of sesame seeds.
- Using a deep pot, heat the oil to medium then add a few pieces of the sesame balls. Make sure to not overcrowd the pot. Let it cook or 5 to 7 minutes.
- Carefully turn the balls from time to time for an even cooking and not to burn certain sides of it.
- Then remove and transfer to a plate with paper towel to remove the excess oil.
- Serve and enjoy while this dessert while it’s hot.