Sesame Fried Cakes

Sadly, Chinese New Year is drawing to a close. The festivities that last for 15 days will soon come to an end with the Lantern Festival on March 5th.

So in celebration of the Lantern Festival, the small one’s mum also known as Mumma Wong, has kindly cooked and shared her recipe, for these yummy sesame fried cakes.

To be honest, I’m not completely sure what these are called in Mandarin, as we have another name for it in Hakka (a regional Chinese dialect) However,  I believe they are called Jian Deui. Either way, these sesame fried cakes are delicious and we hope you enjoy them!


  • 1 bag of sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups of glutinous rice flour
  • Sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Red or black bean paste (optional)


1. Prepare your sweet potatoes by peeling away the skin and cutting them into cubes.

2. In a large pot, fill it over half way and bring it to the boil. Once the water is boiling add your sweet potatoes and cook until soft.

3. Once the potatoes are soft enough, mash them into a smooth paste.

4.  Combine the sweet potato with the glutinous rice flour.

5. Roll the dough into a log, and then divide into equal parts. Dust your hands with some glutinous rice flour and form each of these pieces into a ball.

6. Optional step – Before rolling these into small balls, you have the option of encasing some black or red bean paste inside With the palm of your hands, flatten the dough balls into disks. Place 1/4 teaspoon red bean paste in the centre of each disk. Gather the sides toward the middle and pinch close. Gently roll in the palms of your hands to reshape into a ball. Repeat with all the remaining balls.

7. Once all the balls are filled and formed, roll in the sesame seeds to coat thoroughly and equally.

8. In a wok or deep pan, prepare the oil to deep fry these beauties.

9. Deep-fry the sesame seed balls, a few at a time, until the sesame seeds are golden and the balls float to the surface. This should only take 3 to 4 minutes.

10.Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Best served warm.


For more yummy Chinese New Year recipes why not have a look at our Mango Pudding or Steamed Seabass?