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Taro and Sweet Potato Balls Recipe

Taro and Sweet Potato Balls Recipe

Taro and Sweet Potato Balls Recipe

This is a traditional dessert from a town called Jiufen in Northern Taiwan. These balls are said to have been created by a woman named Tsai. Madam Tsai was from Yilan County and she moved to the bustling mining town of Ruifang after marriage. There, Madam Tsai began a business making treats for children using ingredients that were readily available. After several tries, she came up with this recipe. It was an instant hit with everyone who tried them and this dessert has since become an immensely popular dessert associated with both Jiufen and Ruifang.

Syrup

  • 900 ml (30 fl oz) water
  • 10 g (1/3 oz) ginger
  • 500 g (1 lb 11/2 oz) dark brown sugar

Taro Balls

  • 400 g (141/3 oz) taro, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 50 g (13/4 oz) sugar
  • 150 g (51/3 oz) tapioca flour
  • 50 ml (12/3 fl oz) water

Sweet Potato Balls

  • 400 g (141/3 oz) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 50 g (13/4 oz) sugar
  • 150 g (51/3 oz) tapioca flour
  • 50 ml (12/3 fl oz) water

Method :

  1. Place the ingredients for the syrup into a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat until the liquid is reduced by half. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the taro balls and sweet potato balls separately, but using the same method. Steam the taro/sweet potatoes until tender, then mash and mix with the sugar while hot. Add the tapioca flour and water and knead until the mixture comes together. If the mixture is sticky, add a little more tapioca flour and knead again until it is not sticky. Roll the mixture into a long roll and cut into 2.5-cm (1-in) lengths.
  3. Boil a pot of water and gently lower the taro and sweet potato balls into the boiling water. Let boil until the balls float to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon and place into a basin of iced water to cool.
  4. Drain the balls and serve with the syrup.

Note : The uncooked taro and sweet potato balls can be prepared in advance and kept in the freezer.

Serves 8–10

Taro and Sweet Potato Balls Recipe - step by step

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Source :
HOME-STYLE
TAIWANESE COOKING
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan

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See also Taiwanese Recipe “Steamed Tofu with Prawns Recipe”