Foodie Friday: Sesame Ball

Sesame ball: fried pastry coated with sesame seeds


The jin deui is a type of Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour that’s shaped into a little sphere. It’s often found in dim sum eateries. Although it’s puffed up, the inside area of the ball is quite hollow, except for a smattering of sweetness. The filling is usually either lotus paste or sweet black bean. Cooking sesame balls requires intense concentration because you need to constantly turn the pastries to ensure the proper expansion.

Fun fact: Similar round sesame treats can be found in other Asian countries like Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.


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  1. Veronica Roth says

    Well then, that won’t be a dish I’ll be trying to make…lol. Risotto with the constant 15 minutes of stirring is bad enough for me. But I have tried these at dim sum and loved them. :D

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Haha, Veronica! Mmm, risotto. I ate some in Italy, and none of the versions from the U.S. could compare afterward.

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