It is Monday and time for another Muhibbah Malaysian Monday post. This time I am bringing Ondeh-Ondeh, a Nyonya (Straits Chinese) tea time favorite, to the round-up. These delightful furry balls are a joy to eat as they have a little surprise in them. They explode with sweet melted palm sugar in your mouth when chewed! It is always fun to watch the “unsuspecting” eating this for the first time. :)

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There are two versions of ondeh-ondeh. One is made with just plain glutinous rice flour while the other has a little sweet potato added to the dough. It is usually scented with pandan (screwpine) juice and rolled in fresh dessicated coconut. As I was not in the mood to try to extract the pandan juice from the pandan leaves and I do not have pandan essence with me, I decided to flavor the dough with a teaspoon of vanilla instead. Fresh grated coconut is not something easily found here in the north and so I used dried dessicated coconut. I dry fried the coconut to make it fragrant.


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 16 ondeh-ondeh



  • 1 small (8oz/225g) sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup (125g) glutinous rice flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla or pandan
  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup (3.5oz/100g) shaved palm sugar or brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (60g) dessicated coconut


Dry fry dessicated coconut until lightly brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and place in a shallow bowl. Set aside.

Place sweet potatoes in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes until soft and mashable. Remove and place steamed sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Mash sweet potatoes with a potato masher. Add glutinous rice flour, salt, and vanilla. Mixed well and knead until a soft pliable dough forms.

Divide dough into 16 equal portions and form into balls. Flatten a ball of dough in the palm of your hand into flat disks of about 2-inch diameter. Place a teaspoon of palm sugar in the center. Gather up the sides and seal well to form a ball of about 1-inch diameter . Roll between your palms until ball of dough is smooth. Place on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bring a medium sized pot of water to boil. Gently drop in formed ondeh-ondeh. Reduce heat to medium and allow ondeh-ondeh to cook until they float to the surface, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Drop onto fried coconut one at a time to coat.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

I am sending this to Sharon for Muhibbah Malaysia Monday #13.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)