How to Make Chinese Sesame Balls


Chinese Sesame Seed Balls, or Ma T'uan, are dumplings filled with bean paste that are rolled in sesame seeds and fried. They are often served as a dim sum treat, and they are particularly sought after during the Chinese New Year and other major holidays.

Step 1

Dissolve sugar in boiling water.

Step 2

Thoroughly blend water mixture with flour.

Step 3

Form dumplings by rolling bean paste into small balls and forming dough balls around the bean paste.

Step 4

Roll finished dumplings in sesame seeds.

Step 5

Heat oil to approximately 350 degrees.

Step 6

Fry dumplings until they turn light brown and float to the surface. This takes approximately two minutes.

Step 7

Hold the dumplings down in the oil until they turn golden brown, to ensure they are done, and allow them to puff.

Step 8

Remove dumplings from the oil, and place them on a towel lined with paper towels to drain and cool.

Tips and Warnings

  • Dropping too many dumplings into the oil at one time may cause splashing, which could lead to oil burns. Consuming your dumplings too soon after frying may lead to burns on the tongue and inside the mouth. Cooking too many dumplings at one time may cause them to become mushy and oily because the temperature of the oil has fallen.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lbs glutinous rice flour
  • 1¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sweet red bean paste
  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds
  • 4 cups of oil for frying
  • Spatula
  • 2 pots
  • Paper towels
  • Tray


  • Chinese Sesame Seed Balls
Keywords: sesame seed balls, Chinese New Year, treat

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