Nian Gao Purple Sweet Potato Balls

By Sean Tan  ,

February 14, 2018

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This sweet treat is similar to the Peranakan kueh ondeh ondeh. Sweet purple potato paste is wrapped around nian gao and steamed to create the chewy and fragrant bites – so pretty and so delectable! 


Nian gao, cut into 7 g cubes

150 g purple sweet potato, skinned, boiled and cut into small pieces

Fresh shredded coconut


1Cut nian gao into cubes, about 7 g per cube.

2Skin purple sweet potato and boil till soft before mashing into a paste. (to make it faster, blend in a blender 1 min)

3Wrap nian gao cubes in purple sweet potato paste.

4Steam in oven for 5 mins.

5Remove from oven and coat with fresh shredded coconut immediately.

Click here for the step-by-step video!

Recipe: Chef Daniel Tay/Old Seng Choong