Taro Dessert (Taro Balls + Sweet Syrup)

Taro Dessert (Taro Balls + Sweet Syrup)

These are sweet taro dumplings in syrup, a popular dessert in Taiwan. The pronunciation of this dish in Chinese is "Yù yuán tángshuǐ."

Ingredients: 2 servings

Taro root
net 100 g
Water (for boiling)
Tapioca powder
3 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
White sugar
1 tablespoon
Purple yam powder
about 2-3 grams
White sugar
50 g
100 ml
Goji berries
about 5


1. Peel the taro. Boil in water until soft. Remove from the water, then mash while still hot. Add the tapioca powder, katakuriko, white sugar, and purple yam powder, and mix well.
2. Use a spoon to take out about 10 g worth at a time and use both hands to shape into balls. This time, I made 19 as shown in the picture.
3. Bring water to a boil, add the taro balls, and boil. Once they bob to the surface, they should be done boiling. Remove the taro, then clean with cold water.
4. Make the syrup. Bring water to a boil and dissolve the sugar. Add the washed taro balls into the syrup and it's done If you make the syrup first, you can make it into a cold dessert. A lot of people like eating it hot during the cold winter months.
5. How about that? It's so chewy!
6. For the syrup, you can sauté a bit of light brown sugar until it becomes a caramel-like color, then add a bit of water and simmer for a bit to make a caramel-colored syrup.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a dessert that's popular in Taiwan.