Fried Sweet Potato Balls

By Helen Le Published: June 8, 2021

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 50 hrs 52 mins
  • Ready In: 51 hrs 7 mins

  • Yield: 3-4 Servings

“Khoai lang kén” or Sweet potato cocoon is a very simple, quick and easy recipe with sweet potato. It's a pretty popular street food snack among the teens in Vietnam.

  • Peel and cut the sweet potato into small pieces. You can use either yellow, orange, or purple sweet potato for this recipe.
  • Steam for about 20 to 30 minutes until it is fork-tender, then transfer to a large bowl and mash well.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, whipping cream (or milk), also add sugar and tapioca starch. Mix well and knead until combined. If it's too dry, you can add some more milk or cream.
  • When the dough comes together, let it rest for about 10 minutes. Then pinch a thumb-sized piece and shape into an oval silhouette.
  • Mix some corn starch with water. Add two teaspoons of sesame seeds, and stir well.
  • Drop the sweet potato cocoons into the batter to coat, then deep fry until golden brown.
  • When they are all nicely golden brown, remove and let rest on a rack to drain off the excess oil.
Fried Sweet Potato Balls – Khoai Lang Ken – Watch how to make it on Youtube
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