Fried Sweet Potato Ball


Fried Sweet Potato Balls

The fried sweet potato ball is a traditional Taiwanese snack. Many tourists who come to Taiwan night market will eat this popular bite-sized snack. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and delicious. Let’s do it!
Servings 75 Balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Food Steamer
  • Stainless Steel Strainer
  • Pot


  • 350 g sweet potato
  • 200 g tapioca starch
  • 60 g sugar (Option)


  • Peel and cube sweet potato on the plate. Steam sweet potato for 10 min until soft. (Note: You can cook sweet potatoes in a food steamer or instant pot.)
    Peel and cube sweet potato on the plate
  • Mash the steamed potato with fork or potato masher.
    Mash with fork or potato masher
  • Add tapioca starch and sugar into the mashed sweet potato and continue mix. Mix until a soft dough forms but not sticky.
    (Note: You can only add tapioca due to different varieties of potatoes. Some of sweet potatos taste sweeter, such as purple-skinned sweet potato.)
    Add tapioca starch into the mashed sweet potato
  • Divide dough into small portions and roll into a thick strip. Cut the dough into small size and roll into a ball.
    Divide dough into small portions
  • Heat the oil until 250°F (120°C)
  • Fry sweet potato balls under medium-low fire. Let them sit in the oil for 1~2 min before stirring them. Then stirring and gently press down each ball with wide strainer while frying. Repeat the motion 5~6 times. Sweet potato balls will expand and fried until golden brown.
    (Tip: Pressing down the ball can form the ball chewy and hollow center.)
    Fry sweet potato balls
  • Remove and set the fried balls on a paper towel or drying rack to remove some of the excess oil.
  • Serve the fried sweet potato balls. Finish and enjoy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Keyword: Taiwanese, Dessert, Street Food

Tools & equipment you may need

Stainless Steel Strainers

Stainless Steel Strainers

Pots & Pans

Fleischer & Wolf Nonstick Cookware Set 12pcs Stainless Steel Aluminum Fry Pots Pan Dishwasher Safe (London Upgrade Version)
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