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!

YIELD: 70~80 balls | Time: 1 hour  


Fried sweet potato balls ingredient
  1. Sweet potato 350 g
  2. Tapioca starch 200 g
  3. Sugar 60 g (Option)


Tools & Equipment

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)


1. 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 sweet potato
Steam sweet potato

2. Mash the steamed potato with fork or potato masher.

3. 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.)

Mash potato
potato dough

4. Divide dough into small portions and roll into a thick strip. Cut the dough into small size and roll into a ball.

Cut the dough into small size
roll into a ball

5. Heat the oil until 250°F (120°C)

6. 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.)

7. Remove and set the fried balls on a paper towel or drying rack to remove some of the excess oil.

Heat the oil
fried until golden brown

8. Serve the fried sweet potato balls.

Finish and enjoy