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Chewy, sweet, refreshing Taro and Sweet Potato Balls are the PERFECT easy dessert that you need to try! Taro and Sweet Potato Balls are popular night market desserts with endless ways to enjoy, whether it is on top of shaved ice, grass jelly dessert, or pairs with red bean soup.

The Ingredients:

  • 400 g of Yam or Sweet Potato or Purple Yam or Taro
    200 g of Tapioca Starch or Sweet Potato Flour
    3 tbsp of Sugar


  1. Peel the yam, taro, or sweet potato and cut it into thin strips. Steam the yam, taro, or sweet potato for 25 – 30 minutes or until soft. Make sure to separate based on the color to prevent color transfer.
  2. Working with one vegetable at a time, add in sugar, and mash together.
  3. Add in tapioca starch of sweet potato flour, 25% at a time; once it is safe to touch, knead until it forms into a ball.
  4. Roll out and cut into bite-sized pieces. Coat with more tapioca starch, and dust off any excess starch before freezing and cooking.
  5. Bring a pot of water to boil; once it starts simmering, add in the taro ball, let it cook for 3-5 minutes or until it floats. Once it floats, let it cook for another 3-5 minutes and rest in an ice bath.
  6. Make sure to cook the taro, yam, and sweet potato balls separately to prevent color transfer.
  7. Serve on top of shaved ice, and drizzle condensed milk and brown sugar on top.