Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Choco & Cinnamon Palm Sugar Sweet Potato Balls


We get inspired by everything. Famous chefs, popular cookbooks, recipe sites, top food bloggers, markets, restaurants, our mom/grandma/auntie/cousin/neighbor/pets, the city, the sky, the ocean, you name it.

My recent inspiration came from one of my favorite manga series, Delicious! (デリシャス!) by Yui Ayumi (あゆみゆい)

Yeah, baby! I am a big kid at heart ^_^ and until today, I still love reading my battered and dangerously falling apart manga comics right before I sleep. This series is about a girl who was clueless about cooking (kinda like the old me), and had to learn how to cook as she turned into a cooking show host (kinda like me (had to learn how to cook), but for different reasons (the last time I checked, I am pretty certain that I didn't host any cooking shows, apart from the private ones I did for sous chef - details censored - lol!). At the end of each book, there's a collection of recipes, and I found one I always wanted to try since I was twent...(Oh, let's just say since I was a lot younger hehe :p)

Choco & Cinnamon Palm Sugar Sweet Potato Balls
Here's the original recipe (in Bahasa Indonesia):


and here's what I did:
- 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (peel potatoes, cut small, boil until soft, mash)
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp cream
- for filling/topping: ground cinnamon, palm sugar (chopped into small pieces), semi sweet chocolate chunks, chocolate rice

Mix the mashed sweet potatoes with butter, sugar and cream, make into small balls, flatten and place your filling, close and roll into balls. Sprinkle with cinnamon or chocolate rice...mix and match...and you can do a lot more!


The recipe didn't require baking. I tried baking some, but nothing happened apart from softening the chocolate chip and liquifying the sugar stuffing. So, next time, I'll just stick with the no bake recipe ;)

Loving the extremely different feel of both palm sugar - cinnamon and the chocolate ones. When I eat something, I want to know what's inside, so I presented both versions differently. You could follow the original recipe's recommendation and surprise others with whatever they were going to get inside the sweet potato balls...marshmallows, peanuts, hazelnuts, or even bacon! Hehe ;)

Hmmm, watching some hot swimmers in action at the Olympic made me think of greasy fries (I am sure that's just me and my twisted imagination ^_^). How about you?

19 comments:

tigerfish said...

This Jap girlish character looks like the Xiao Tian Tian ( Little Candy?) that is my generation. Alright...I'm that old! :(

Rita said...

This is interesting...no bake! Does it taste like mashed potatoes?

Ning said...

I love Candy Candy! And I like to taste these sweet potato balls.

Lao Cha - JHL said...

hehe.. I love manga series too, but i never get inspired by them ;-)) keke.. You are the winner Rita. BTW, the sweet potato balls look good !

Kitchen Flavours said...

sweet potato balls tempting me. They look awesome. Enjoy Olympics.

Ben said...

A manga cookbook? Brilliant! Maybe you could write your own manga cookbooks, that'd be a million dollar idea :-p

CECIL said...

Oh wow! Manga comic books! You really are one of a kind! :) The only Manga I ever read was Kungfu Boy!! And suddenly I feel so old.

Indonesia-Eats said...

OMG, you still have the manga series with you... I miss them

Little Corner of Mine said...

I don't read comics book at all. :P But your sweet potato balls look mighty cute!

noobcook said...

wah ... this is SUPER CUTE!! I want!! :)~

deeTha said...

hiii komik jepun? aku ra doyan..kcuali shinchan..hahaha

Beachlover said...

Like Tigerfish said that gal in the mag look like Siew Tiam Tiam,that my generation too!!..I think I'm older than Tigerfish!1lol!I love that movie,make me wanna to cry everytime I see it!!..wow!! your post title sound complicated!!double blink!Love palm sugar!!

daphne said...

Awesome! Recipe inspired by manga. Little Candy is my generation too. darn, just let out my age :x

This version looks healthier than the deep fried potato balls that i saw before. Nice!

sefa firdaus said...

huaaaaaaaaaaaa.. how can I missed that series?
I've to start looking at the library though it wont help, since it'll be in German :D

A.G said...

kyk timus yoo...eh awakmu reti pora jajanan kui.
Nek kene swit potatoes'e kuning jeh :( dadine yo kuning.. sek putih ketoke rodo angel goleke :(

Cakelaw said...

Yummo - never seen these before, but they sound great.

oggi said...

I love the combination of these ingredients (I'm tempted to try the bacon filling) and inspired by an anime series to boot!:). Thanks for sharing.

Jude said...

Looks so cute, the balls and the manga. Reminds me of Yakitate.

Elsye said...

ehh bukune ada bahasa inggris nya toh, disini kok ga ada yaa..:(...btw endang rit digoreng :P