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Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls with Sweet Potato and Ginger Sweet Soup

What is perfect as a dessert for any meal during a cold frigid day is this: Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls with Sweet Potato and Ginger Sweet Soup. Simple, easy to make, but the results are great!

Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls with Sweet Potato and Ginger Sweet Soup

Soothing, sweet, warm, and most certainly, delicious. The sweet sesame filling combined with the chewy glutinous rice exterior along with the sweet potato ginger soup was a great combination of flavors. Perfect for any frigid day! Especially with the ginger :). The ginger warms your body up and is refreshing.

Anyway, I never actually meant to post this at all as it involves a frozen product integral to making the dessert possible (unless if you make the glutinous rice balls yourself (recipe here at Chow Times). But, when I was looking at Wandering Chopstick's blog and noticed the GINGER was the new ingredient of the month for Weekend Wokking, a monthly food blogging event created by her to bring together people's creations which feature the specific ingredient of the month, I knew I needed to post something for this month; I had several ginger dishes on the queue, and also I wanted to join a food blog event.

Most certainly I had other choices to post other than this dessert. Like my new version of Miso Seabass which involved a ginger topping to create more flavor. But the result of the dish for the first time did not look at all appetizing. So, this dessert got the pick!

Here is the recipe so you can make it tonight :).

Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls with Sweet Potato and Ginger Sweet Soup

Serves 3-4 depending on serving size


Example of Frozen Sesame Glutinous Rice Ball

15-20 Sesame Glutinous Rice Balls (Personally I like Spring Home or Twin Dragon; take two packages of 10 (with Spring Home) or one package of 15 (Twin Dragon)

6 cups of water

10 pieces of sliced ginger, or about a tablespoon's worth of grated ginger (your pick- if you have the time though grated ginger disperses the ginger flavor further into the dish)

Brown Candy

3/4th of a piece of Brown Candy (see above photo) (substitute with 1/4 cup light brown sugar, cane sugar, or raw sugar if you do not have it)
1 baked sweet potato


1. On the day you plan on making the dish (or before- just leave the finished sweet potato in the fridge), cook the sweet potato in the oven (preferably a small oven so you do not waste energy) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pluck a few holes with a fork if you want, but we just leave the sweet potato as is when we put it in the oven. When you see caramel color coming out from the sweet potato, turn the oven off, and leave the sweet potato in until you decide to make the dessert. Before starting the rest of the dessert, peel off the skin and cube the sweet potato into pieces (you decide the shape and size).

2. Take a pot and fill it up with the 6 cups of water, and then bring the water to a boil. Place the piece of brown candy as well as the ginger into the water when bringing the water to a boil.

3. When the water with the ginger and candy is boiling, take the glutinous rice balls and cook them until they float and look slightly translucent in the middle- enough so that you can start to see the sesame filling. They should look slightly shiny at this point. If they look dull and are about to pop, you have overcooked them, but do not worry; they will still taste good!

4. Place the sweet potatoes in and make sure they are warm, and then immediately serve.

5. Enjoy!

Variation: Make this dessert with simple plain glutinous rice balls with no filling, or mix these two types for a sweet potato and ginger dessert soup filled with tons of rice balls! Or, take out the sweet potato if you do not have it with you. Any way, it tastes scrumptious :).

And obviously:

Weekend WokkingI'm submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks to celebrate the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient. The host this month is Mom Gateway. If you would like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check who's hosting next month.

Other variations on glutinous rice ball dishes that I have eaten:
Sesame Rice Balls with Walnut Sweet Soup (at Green Island)

Mini Celebration: This is the 130th post of the whole entire blog.


noobcook said…
glad u posted this. Ginger broth is my fave for glutinous balls and love the addition of sweet potatoes. I use ready made frozen ones too heh
EatTravelEat said…
Thanks! Ginger broth is my favorite for glutinous balls too :). We just thought of sweet potatoes as we had baked them, and putting them into this dessert would be a good way to eat them other than eating them as is.
foodbin said…
this is my fave sweet dessert-the ginger is good for wind too!
you should smashed the ginger instead of slicing it-gives more kick!
EatTravelEat said…

I am definitely going to try out the smashing ginger technique! I'll write a followup or something on the bottom of this post to tell you the results :).
Unknown said…
One of my favourite desserts. The sesame balls should be eaten slowly in order to fully savour the flavour of the fillings! Sometimes I'm lazy and use ginger tea granules instead of fresh ginger. Also nice with silken tofu (the dessert type).
DessertObsessed said…
oooh this is one of my favorite asian snacks! thanks for sharing!
EatTravelEat said…
Ginger tea granules? Never have seen that available in my area!

My pleasure to share this dessert to everyone!
I love glutenous sesame rice balls... thanks for the recipe for this soup! One of my favourite LV fallback Chinese restaurants gives a free little dessert and I'm always hoping for the sesame balls.
EatTravelEat said…
You're welcome! Sesame rice balls are always delicious :).
gourmetpigs said…
My mom recently likes to make the one with the walnut soup, but I see i'm not alone in liking the ginger broth better! :)
I haven't had this in quite a while though, but it looks like it's actually pretty easy to make. I should try making it one day - glad you share the brands you like too.
EatTravelEat said…
Yeah, certainly easy! As long as the rice balls are fresh (and you don't leave in them in the freezer for like a half a year), it will taste fabulous :).
Thanks for participating in Weekend Wokking! I love ginger syrup and the chewy balls are so great.
EatTravelEat said…
Wandering Chopsticks,
I'll try to participate soon in the near future! The vinegar is a bit of a challenge...and the Ginger Miso Salmon does have some vinegar, but it would probably not be enough to call it a "vinegar" dish!