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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Jian Dui 煎堆 (Deep fried glutinous rice balls / Sesame seed balls)

There was a time my sister and I went to a Taiwanese Restaurant here in JB and after we finished our meal, came the dessert.  I never knew there was a dessert included in our meal.  And it was "Jian Dui" (fried glutinuous rice balls coated with sesame seeds).  It has been ages and I can't remember when was the last time I had this snack.  It was so yummy and delicious.

During my young time, it just never occur to me why this snack is called Jian Dui. To translate it from Cantonese, "Jian 煎" means fry, "Dui 堆" is pile or could be lots or batch ~ so it is "frying in a pile".

It was not too long ago, well more than one year ago, Sonia (NasiLemakLover) made this Jian Dui and had bookmarked it since then.  So, today I made my Jian Dui.  

Jian Dui煎堆(Deep fried glutinous rice balls / Sesame seed balls)
(recipe source & full adapted from Sonia of NasiLemakLover

A) Dough
30g Tang Mien flour (Wheat starch)
75ml water

1. Warm Tang Mien flour over a pot of simmering water.
2. Boil the water and pour and mix with flour, combine well.
3. Cover and set aside.

B) Syrup
120ml water
40g sugar
A pinch of salt

1. Add sugar and salt with water in a pot.
2. Boil water till sugar melted, set aside.

To make dough
150g glutinous rice flour 
糯米粉, sifted
3tsp baking powder, sifted ( or replace with 1tsp double action baking powder)
1tbsp cooking oil

1. Add glutinous rice flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add in the warm syrup (B), mix it.
3. Add cooking oil and Tang meng dough (A), and knead till smooth (count 75 times or about 90 seconds), cover and to rest for 10mins.

Filling & Coating
200g red bean paste or Lotus paste
Sesame seeds

1. Divide red bean paste into small round ball (10g each).
2. Divide dough into small round ball (15g each), cover with cloth from time to time.
3. Flatten the dough and wrap red bean ball into round ball. Repeat the rest until finished.

    (wet your palm from time to time as the dough will dry up quickly)
4. Spray water on the ball, roll it on the sesame seeds.
5. Deep fry over low heat till puff up and golden brown.

There is this Video to demonstrate how to make this Jian Dui. 

                             I have made half portion with red bean paste and half in lotus paste.


I don't know why few of the Jian Dui, the filling burst out while frying.  I think I did not press hard to release some air out.

                                           Come "Yum Cha" at my home......


  1. Hi Mel,
    I love, love, love yummy~~
    This looks like pile of golden balls :D
    Love your clicks a lot!!

  2. Oh man! U made these!! I nvr hv the courage becos I read at someone's blog theirs popped open during frying and she got injured! I will just grab some off ya

  3. Big clap to you! Mel, your jian dui looks better than the ones that I have here! My fav is the red bean paste. After seeing your jian dui makes me want to make too but hoh, today was like 39C in the afternoon, aiyoyo, so hot, better just look at your photos!

  4. i love this! ^^ how i wish i'm not so hopeless at deep-frying! you made them so nicely rounded and golden! and you even cut them up like they do in dim sum restaurants ^^ i'd sure love to have some chewy, crispy jin dui right now! ^^

  5. Hi Mel, this is my son and my mum's fav dessert at the dim sum restaurant. Always must order 3 plates for them!

  6. Oooo I so wanted to eat your Jin Dui, look so inviting. You really them so round and the sesame seeds were just the right colour. This is one of the dessert I must order if I see them. Thumbs up to you Mel!

  7. Love the stuff! I never knew what this was called til now. We usually have this as part of the dim sum or from the bakery as snacks. They look so delicious, Mel.

  8. Wow! I have not made this original method before, only made with sweet potato in the dough...seeing yours now made me crave for some Jian Dui too!

  9. One of my favourite snacks, Mel! I just bought this from the shop yesterday to indulge.

  10. Wow, bravo for attempting this, the steps don't sound easy. You did very well, they look good!

  11. Mel, I haven't eaten this Jian Dui before. It must be very nice and chewy and fragrant. I am sure I will love them a lot!

  12. Wow, this looks better than those at the dim sum joint.... thumbs up!

  13. i nvr attempted making these tho i love eating them so much. would definately love to yum cha at your place :))

  14. you made it so well, perfect for yam cha! Thanks for your shout out.

  15. Long story short, my grandpa used to run a Chinese restaurant in Japan (he wasn't a chef but managed a couple of restaurants). So we often ate at one of his restaurants whenever we visited them in Osaka. I still remember till today how much I loved these sesame seed balls and ate even I was full. I need to make these one day.... they are very popular chinese snack in Japan. :)