Sweet Purple Potato Balls with Nian Gao filling


Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants.

The more intense the colour the more antioxidants and a single sweet potato contains more than 200 per cent of the daily requirement of Vitamin A.

Now sweet potatoes are proven to be much more healthy than the potatoes and rich in potassium. Potassium has an important role in maintaining blood pressure and controlling muscle and nerve function.


3 pieces Sweet Purple Potatoes

225g  Tapioca Flour/Starch

30g All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

4 tablespoon coarse sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Cooking oil for deep frying

Information about Tapioca Flour

Tapioca flour/starch adds structure to gluten free baking. It also helps give things a chewy and/or crisp texture, especially in things like cookies and cakes.

Please note that over used of tapioca flour can make food slimy and can also add a strong taste to the final product.


Wash and clean the sweet potatoes and steam until soft about 10 to 15 minutes.

Leave it to cool before the cooked sweet potatoes are skinned.

Mashed the steamed sweet potatoes with a masher.

You can use the mixer or by hand, mix all the ingredients together and knead lightly to form a smooth dough that is  soft in texture but not sticky.

Cut the Chinese New Year Cake (Nian Gao into small cubes). It best to store the Nian Gao in the refrigerator overnight or even longer  to firm the cake for easier slicing.

Sprinkle some corn flour on both palm and pinch a small piece of dough . Roll to form into a smooth ball (like the size of a fish ball) and wrap firmly around the Nian Gao cube.

Ensure that there is no exposure of the Nian Gao during the wrapping process  to prevent oil splattering during deep frying.



Heat up oil in a wok over low fire, gently put the balls into the wok and fry until golden brown. Should take approximately 5 minutes.

Remove and drain on a paper hand towel.

Repeat the frying process until all the sweet potato balls are done.

Serve immediately.

How about serving your Chinese New Year guests with home made Sweet Purple Potatoes Balls with Nian Gao filling to welcome The Year of The Goat?


Yes, its crunchy on the outside and chewy and sweet on the inside.



Here’s another idea to prepare Nian Gao snack for your visitors.