Sweet potato balls (地瓜球, dìgua Qiu) is a very popular food, especially in Taiwan Night Market. It is a big thing in Taiwan, simple yet delicious, great as a snack time treat.

Check out our Taiwanese pineapple cake recipe as well.

Tips:

  • Fried in medium-low heat to avoid burning. Turn to high heat before removing from oil for non-greasy sweet potato balls.
  • Adding more tapioca flour yields crispier crust, but lack in sweet potato flavor. Too much of sweet potato will make the crust soft and shrink when cooled.

Chinese Version: Q彈脆口地瓜球(蕃薯蛋)做法

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Balls | MyKitchen101en

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 180 g Sweet Potato
  • 60 g Tapioca
  • 30 g Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp Water

Note: Recommended ratio for sweet potato, tapioca and sugar is 6:2:1

 

Instructions:

1 Peel and cut sweet potato into cubes using a peeler and sharp knife. Steam for 12 minutes until fully cooked.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

2 Mash potato into paste, mix with sugar and salt immediately, add in tapioca flour and mix until soft dough is formed while still hot.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

3 Add in water gradually, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough reach the consistency of a playdough.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

4 Divide dough into small portions, roll into marble-sized balls with your palms.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
 

5 Drop the potato balls into oil when the oil starts to heat up, about 120°C to 130°C. Let it sits in the oil for about 1-2 minutes before stirring them. Use medium-low heat to avoid burning.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

6 Continue stirring and gently press down while frying. Sweet potato balls will expand in size. The secret is to gently press until the balls expand, crispy crust will form around the chewy and hollow center.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

7 Deep fried to golden perfection, serve fresh and enjoy.

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

How To Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Balls

Sweet potato balls (地瓜球, dìgua Qiu) is a very popular food, especially in Taiwan Night Market. It is a big thing in Taiwan, simple yet delicious, great as a snack time treat.
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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Deep-fried, Taiwanese
Servings 12 servings
Calories 31 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ratio for sweet potato, tapioca and sugar is 6:2:1

  • 180 g sweet potatoes
  • 60 g tapioca
  • 30 g sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut sweet potato into cubes using a peeler and sharp knife. Steam for 12 minutes until fully cooked.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Mash potato into paste, mix with sugar and salt immediately, add in tapioca flour and mix until soft dough is formed while still hot.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Add in water gradually, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough reach the consistency of a playdough.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Divide dough into small portions, roll into marble-sized balls with your palms.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Drop the potato balls into oil when the oil starts to heat up, about 120°C to 130°C. Let it sits in the oil for about 1-2 minutes before stirring them. Use medium-low heat to avoid burning.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Continue stirring and gently press down while frying. Sweet potato balls will expand in size. The secret is to gently press until the balls expand, crispy crust will form around the chewy and hollow center.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball
  • Deep fried to golden perfection, serve fresh and enjoy.
    How to Make Taiwan Sweet Potato Ball

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Notes

This recipe yields 12 servings.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 serving. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.01gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2128IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.2mg
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