Thursday, 16 October 2014

九份芋圆 (加番薯和南瓜圆)



I had my first taste of this delectable dessert many years back on my first holiday trip to Taiwan. I remembered it was autumn when I went there. The dessert was served warm and it was such a fantastic feeling eating the QQ balls in the cool weather. Loved it at first bite!


I've never thought of making this dessert myself as I thought it would be tedious...until I tried making Sweet Potato Balls in Ginger Broth (姜汁番薯圆) recently and the sweet potato balls really reminded me of these 九份芋圆. So I made myself this lovely dessert using yam, pumpkin and sweet potato. The recipe used for the Sweet Potato Balls in Ginger Broth is very close to this, except that I added sugar to the balls to make it tastier.

It's unbelievably easy! I served cold both with and without grass jelly. It's yummilicious and definitely refreshing on a hot day!!





九份芋圆 (加番薯和南瓜圆)
recipe adapted from Rumbling Tummy

Ingredients:


For the Yam balls
80g yam
20g sweet potato flour (I used slightly more. Added by spoonful and knead till dough is not longer sticky)
15g tapioca starch
3 tbspn sugar (I used 2 tbspn)
water (only if dough is dry)



For the Sweet Potato balls
80g sweet potato (can use orange or purple)
20g sweet potato flour (I used slightly more. Added by spoonful and knead till dough is not longer sticky)
5g tapioca starch
3 tbspn sugar (I used 1 tbspn)
water (only if dough is dry) - I didn't need to add any water



For the Pumpkin balls
80g pumpkin
20g sweet potato flour (I used slightly more. Added by spoonful and knead till dough is not longer sticky)
5g tapioca starch
3 tbspn sugar (I used 1 tbspn)
water (only if dough is dry) - I didn't need to add any water



Method:
I'm illustrating the steps for making yam balls. The steps for sweet potato and pumpkin balls will be the same. 

1. Steam the cubed yam over high heat for about 20 minutes.

2. Drain excess water and mash the cooked yam while it is still hot.


3. Add in tapioca flour and sweet potato flour and knead to form a smooth and pliable dough. (I added sweet potato flour and knead until the dough is smooth, pliable and no longer sticky)

 
4. Roll into a thin log or cut into your preferred size.

5. In a pot of boiling water, add in the yam balls and cook until they float. Let it cook for another minute.

6. Prepare a big bowl of ice water. Ladle and strain the cooked yam balls and put them into the bowl of ice water.

7. Serve with syrup of your choice.

 


little thumbs up 

  and 
"My Treasured Recipes #3 - Taste of Autumn (Oct/Nov 2014)" hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders  and co-hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House



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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Eileen from Eileen's Diary at this post.


 
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his post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Eileen from Eileen's Diary at this post.

 
- See more at: http://www.bakeforhappykids.com/2014/10/starbucks-like-cream-cheese-pumpkin.html#sthash.2aRCKbv2.dpuf
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Eileen from Eileen's Diary at this post.

 
- See more at: http://www.bakeforhappykids.com/2014/10/starbucks-like-cream-cheese-pumpkin.html#sthash.2aRCKbv2.dpuf
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Eileen from Eileen's Diary at this post.

 
- See more at: http://www.bakeforhappykids.com/2014/10/starbucks-like-cream-cheese-pumpkin.html#sthash.2aRCKbv2.dpuf
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Eileen from Eileen's Diary at this post.

 
- See more at: http://www.bakeforhappykids.com/2014/10/starbucks-like-cream-cheese-pumpkin.html#sthash.2aRCKbv2.dpuf

8 comments:

  1. u remind me my previous holiday to Taiwan and I really love this dessert so much. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe to LTU.

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    1. Hi Eileen, yes...this dessert reminds me to Taiwan too. :)

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  2. Hey sis, looking at your taro balls reminds me of my favourite 赖阿婆芋圆 in 九份which I had last autumn in Taiwan. I would love to have a bowl of yours serve cold please!

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    1. Hihi, Do you remember we had this on our trip to Taiwan many years ago? I recalled we were quite high up (near 九份 but not 赖阿婆芋圆). Our Taiwan friend stopped along the road to buy this. That was the first time I tried 九份芋圆. The subsequent time I went to Taiwan, I had 赖阿婆芋圆, served cold. It's really good!

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  3. LY,
    I had tasted 九份芋圆 donkey years ago when I last visited TW in 2000. I still remember how delicious it was. Great that you are willing to share this lovely recipe with us, don't have to go all the way to TW to eat this. Can't believe it is so easy to do =)

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    1. Yes, always thought I can only have this when I go Taiwan. Now I can have this yummy dessert anytime at home!!

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  4. Thanks for crediting back my blog. Hope you like this.

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    1. Hi Edith, I LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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