Mar 312011

Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar)

Ever since C’s handsome baby fed me his purple sweet potato in Shanghai 2 weeks ago, i can’t help but think about it occasionally. So very sweeetttttttt and the colour was gorgeous! — i cleverly managed to forget how pretty they are despite the fact that i had once baked a few loaves of lovely purple sweet potato bread before.

2 days ago at the wet market (have i mentioned that i love wet markets? i do, i do and i do!), i was merely trying my luck and asked the popo casually with zero expectation if purple sweet potato was available. Needless to say, we all know what her answer was aye? ;)

Don’t you just love this Ondeh Ondeh’s colour?!?!

I know i do.

Very much.

Initially, i only had 2-3 ideas in mind on what to do with my prized purple sweet potatoes, apart from roasting them.

But right after i tweeted my thoughts out aloud — not knowing what to do with the potatoes, yet — my tweet tweet friends tweeted back almost immediately with some very fabulous ideas and this Ondeh Ondeh was one of them, courtesy of Ellie from Almost Bourdain. :)

Not too long ago, i’ve made quite a bit of ondeh ondeh using a new recipe. I didn’t like it that much then.

Then, i remember loving my first attempt’s Ondeh Ondeh quite abit. So, for this attempt, i made sure i use back the very same recipe.

Alas, chewy but not so chewy texture obtained.

Perfect for fussy me! Hehe.

Ondeh Ondeh

(makes 20-22 balls)

180g sweet potato, mashed
50g glutinous rice flour
20g tapioca or corn flour
25g sugar
30-45ml water, depending on the dough

80-100g gula melaka, chopped

1/2 young shredded coconut + pinch of salt, steamed for 5 minutes

1. mix skin ingredients and knead into a smooth dough.
2. divide into small balls and wrap in filling.
3. put balls into boiling water. boil until balls float up, remove and coat with shredded coconut.

For more detailed steps with photos, click here!


Something which you might wanna know :)

~ Purple-fleshed sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of anthocyanins (especially peonidins and cyanidins) and have outstanding antioxidant activity. In one study, the antioxidant activity in purple sweet potatoes was 3.2 times higher than that of a type of blueberry! An equally amazing fact about sweet potatoes is the antioxidant capacity of all their parts. Recent research has shown different genes to be at work in the flesh versus skin of the sweet potato producing different concentrations of anthocyanin antioxidants. Even the leaves of the sweet potato plant have been shown to provide important antioxidant benefits and are included in soups in many cuisines.

Of course, that is not why i love sweet potatoes.

I love sweet potatoes because well, i simply love sweet potatoes! Heh.

Oh, and their leaves too — think stir fry sweet potato leaves with sambal + dried shrimps (hay bee).



Submitting this for Muhibbah Monday to Suresh from 3hungrytummies! :)

  27 Responses to “(Purple) Ondeh Ondeh / Onde Onde”

  1. oh wow! these look positively scrumptous! and I love the colours! But I find that purple sweet potatoes tend to be a bit more “fibrous” than the japanese yellow or malaysian orange counterparts, do you face this problem as well?

  2. Purple must be one of your fav. colors! The Orh-Nee cheesecake was a subtle purple too and now this, purple Ondeh-Ondeh! :)

  3. Oh! They are so pretty in purple. We only have orange sweet potato here and you have inspired me to make an orange version. Thanks for the shout out.

  4. I love ondeh ondeh and the colour of these is amazing!

  5. the colour’s amazing! purple onde onde mmmmm

  6. travellingfoodies : a little yes, but once mashed or blended, they magically disappeared! puzzling huh?

    tigerfish : hahahahaa! be prepared, be very prepared to see more ‘purple’ food coming!

    ellie : orange sweet potato ondeh ondeh is equally sedap and pretty! :)

    john + swee san : i might sound a little ‘blonde’, but the colour was the only reason why i made these. LOL!

  7. Lovely, surprising the colour didn’t change when boiling…when I used it to make fried sweet potatoes balls, they changed colour!

  8. The purple gems extremely gegorgeous!!!!!

  9. The purple colour is so sexy :-)) Love ube yam…they are great in ice cream too.

  10. aww..the colour is so pretty!

  11. Oh my gosh.. that looks so good… is this like ube? Sorry If I asked that already.. oppps

  12. jeannie : but erm… i wasn’t so lucky when it comes to making purple chiffon cake :(

    ellena + pigpigscorner: thank you!

    angie : heh, it’s sweet potato my dear ;)

    elle : nothing like ube at all. just sweet potato.. but in purple =)

  13. I am so in love with these purple onde onde!

  14. wah…..

    i like!! i wonder what you will come out next! hehe…

  15. heyaz, i went over to NTUC and cold storage to look for purple sweet potatoes, but to no avail. might I ask where can I find these gorgeous stuff?


  16. mycookinghut : so am i! it’s the colour!

    keropokman : hahhaa! if u wanna try making ondeh ondeh, this is the recipe, not the previous one!

    ^.^ : i got them from Bukit Batok wet market.. perhaps u can try searching at wet markets instead? hths!

  17. heyaz, thanks..can’t wait to make them.. :)

  18. i just made these and its SOOOOOOO YUMMMMMMMM!! thanks to you :))

  19. ^.^ : hope you’ll like it!

    marini : thank you! thank you for taking the time and ‘report’ back.. means a lot to me :)

  20. my pleasure to report back! you are officially MY food porn :)

  21. Love the purple.!! Im so tempted to make these too. I wld do anything for colour!! :))))

  22. Yummy! And so pretty. I love purple sweet potatoes too. Do you find that they are drier than the orange kind? Your purple photos are so vibrant, I’m envious!

    Thanks for another great MM entry.

  23. I came via Muhibbah Monday round up and I would say your onde-onde looks really beautiful, like jewel in colour. I’ve done mine in orange sweet potatoes but not as pretty though.

  24. marini : awwww! :))

    zurin : i’d do anything too.. which explains why 4 attempts on my purple sweet potato chiffon cake! :P

    shaz : drier? not quite. the ones i have are very sweet and moist!

    babe : thank you and welcome!

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