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When we were children, we adored zeen doy(sesame balls). The dough is fried until golden brown so it is both crisp and chewy from the glutinous rice flour. It is eaten year-round, but especially for New Year's and for birthday celebrations. As the dough fries, it expands, so the Chinese believe if you eat Sesame Balls your fortunes will expand similarly.

Provided by Grace Young

Categories     Appetizer     Fry     Sugar Conscious     Vegan     Vegetarian     Pescatarian     Dairy Free     Wheat/Gluten-Free     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free     No Sugar Added     Kosher

Yield Makes 24 sesame balls

Number Of Ingredients 5

2 1/2 slabs brown candy (_peen tong),_chopped
3 cups glutinous rice flour
1 cup Sweetened Red Bean Paste , store-bought or homemade
1/3 cup white sesame seeds
2 quarts vegetable oil


  • Dissolve the brown candy in 1 cup of boiling water and set aside to cool overnight.
  • Place the rice flour in a large bowl. Make a well and add candy water all at once. Stir until the water is incorporated; the dough will be smooth but slightly sticky.
  • Dust hands lightly with rice flour and roll dough into a thick rope. Cut the rope into 24 equal pieces, roll each piece into a ball and flatten to make a 2 1/2-inch round.
  • Using the thumbs and index fingers from both hands, pleat the edge of the dough to form a cup. Place one index finger into the cup and gently press the dough into the opposite palm on all sides of the cup to create a smooth, even surface and to make the dough even thinner.
  • Add a scant 1 teaspoon of the red bean paste mixture. Gently pack the filling down. Gather the edges of the dough over the filling and, again, pleat until the hole is about 1/2 inch in diameter. Squeeze together the dough, pressing to seal the dough securely. Roll between palms to form a ball. Continue filling the remainder of the dough. Place a sheet of waxed paper on the counter and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Roll and press the outside of each ball in the sesame seeds.
  • In a 8-inch wide, 5-inch deep pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, about 330 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer. Carefully add 6 sesame balls at a time, and cook over medium heat until golden, 6 to 7 minutes. As the balls float to the surface, begin to press them gently with the back of a metal spatula against the sides of the pot. The balls will expand as they are gently rotated and pressed. Increase the heat to medium-high and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Place on a plate lined with several thicknesses of paper towels. Repeat with remaining sesame balls. Set aside oil to cool before discarding. Serve immediately.

Lx Kausar
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These sesame balls were a bit of a disappointment. They were not as flavorful as I expected.

basiratbello Basirat
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I'm allergic to sesame seeds, but I was able to make these sesame balls with sunflower seeds instead. They were just as delicious!

Umer Umer jan
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These sesame balls were a bit too oily for my taste. I think I will try baking them next time instead of frying them.

Michelle Gamboa
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I made a few substitutions to the recipe and my sesame balls still turned out great! I used almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and honey instead of sugar.

Hopewell Chavula
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I followed the recipe exactly and my sesame balls turned out perfectly! I will definitely be making them again.

Hari Dahal
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These sesame balls were a bit too sweet for my taste, but they were still very good.

Zama Amanda
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I'm not a huge fan of sesame, but I really enjoyed these sesame balls! The sweetness of the filling balanced out the nuttiness of the sesame seeds perfectly.

Sonu Mandal
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These sesame balls were a bit more time-consuming to make than I expected, but they were definitely worth it! They were so delicious.

Geoffrey Goodrick
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I was so excited to try these sesame balls and they did not disappoint! They were crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

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These sesame balls were so easy to make and they turned out perfectly! I will definitely be making them again.

Ocina Limbu
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I made these sesame balls for a party and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved them.

Emily Walker
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These sesame balls were delicious! They were easy to make and the perfect size for a snack or dessert.