Sesame Seed Balls


We didn’t forget about Chinese New Year yesterday (in addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day).  I made these sesame seed balls and brought it to a  party.  These sweet, snacky dimsum are filled with sweetened red bean paste and fried just enough to brown the dough into its crunchy goodness. Yum!!


  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour or Mochiko sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 light brown sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 cup water (or just enough to make a sticky but dry dough)
  • 1 can sweetened red bean paste (or you can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • vegetable oil for frying



  1. Combine flours and sugar in a bowl.  Add water and mix until the dough is dry but still sticky enough.
  2. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten or spread using your hands.
  3. Fill the center of the dough with about a teaspoon of red bean paste filling. Wrap the dough over the filling, pinching and sealing the paste inside.  Roughly roll the dough into a ball. Repeat with the rest.
  4. Pour sesame seeds onto a bowl or plate. Roll each ball onto the plate, completely covering each ball with sesame seeds.  If the dough is sticky enough, the seeds will stick to it without any problems.  Otherwise, you can quickly dip the ball in a bowl of water before rolling on the plate of sesame seeds.
  5. Heat vegetable to 400F.  Deep fry the balls, stirring once in a while to brown all sides. Drain on paper towels.

Notes:  These are best served the day they are made.  Do not refrigerate or it will get hard.


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» Roti n Rice said: { Feb 15, 2010 - 03:02 }

This is one of my all time favorite snack/dessert. I have to make this real soon :)

» Belinda @zomppa said: { Feb 15, 2010 - 04:02 }

I’m impressed! These are the real deal. Happy New Years! Happy Valentine’s Day!

» Debi(Table Talk) said: { Feb 15, 2010 - 04:02 }

Our local Asian market makes these and sells them fresh and warm on Saturdays. –Always a treat.
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

» Tita Beng said: { Feb 16, 2010 - 01:02 }

Aww! Super galing!

» devoted4life said: { Feb 16, 2010 - 04:02 }

These are my childhood favorites! Thanks so muhc for posting this!

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