Making Sticky Rice Balls

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March 6, 2019

Glutinous Rice Balls in Coconut Milk in bowlHere's a fun weekend treat full of floating circles and bananas. It could be served either hot or cold but it's best when newly cooked paired with hot chocolate.



  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup plantain bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup tapioca pearls soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (for glutinous balls mixture)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (to add into coconut milk)
  • 2 cups water


  1. Boil 2 cups of water together with tapioca pearls for 10-15 minutes or until pearls are cooked.
  2. boiling tapioca pearls
  3. While waiting for the pearls to cook, prepare the glutinous dough by mixing 1/2 cup of water to the glutinous rice flour. Mix thoroughly until it forms a dough.
  4. Glutinous Rice Ball dough in bowl

  5. Take a small portion and roll to form into balls.
  6. formed Glutinous Rice Balls
  7. Throw the balls into the boiling water. The tapioca pearls will absorb as much water so add more water if necessary. Continue to simmer until the balls starts floating.
  8. cooking Rice Balls in water
  9. Pour the coconut milk.
  10. adding Coconut Milk
  11. Then add the sugar and stir occasionally.
  12. adding sugar to Coconut Milk

  13. Add the bananas and continue to simmer while still stirring mixture (this is to prevent the ingredients from sticking into the pan).
  14. adding bananas to coconut milk Coconut Milk
  15. When the bananas are cooked and the sauce becomes thick, it will be perfect for serving.
  16. stirring Rice Balls in Coconut Milk
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February 8, 2019

I didn't know what this sticky treat was called. I started thinking about how it was made. After a few experiments in the kitchen I was able to recreate them.


My aunt always gave me these favorite treats every Chinese new year.

Sticky Rice Balls on plate

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