Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Deep Fried Sweet Potato Balls @ Jalan Hang Lekir, Petaling Street, KL

Recently, I did one of my walkabouts around Petaling Street and finally found my favourite sweet potato balls. It's been a while since I have eaten them as I usually visit Petaling Street either too early (to have porridge or go to the market) or too late in the afternoon or the evening.

A quick chat with the couple that run the stall indicates that they have been making these deep fried sweet potato balls for almost thirty years. No wonder I remember indulging in these when I was a kid since they're almost as old as I am. These sweet potato balls are made by steaming yellow sweet potatoes and mashing them when they're soft. They're then mixed with sugar and flour and rolled up into balls. See the first picture where the lady is rolling up the batch to be deep fried in the wok filled with hot oil. She fries them as and when her supply of deep fried sweet potato balls are dwindling to keep them fresh. The sweet potato balls are sold in packets of 10 pieces for RM2. A wooden skewer is given to you for you to eat your snack while you wander around the streets. Besides the sweet potato balls, she also sells the small crunchy popiah snacks and pineapple tarts.

Sweet Potato Ball Stall
Along Jalan Hang Lekir
Right next to Tang City Food Court in the alleyway
Opens from 9 am till 2-3 pm depending on how fast her wares are sold out
(Pork free)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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c a r c a r said...

ARGH!!!! fan shu dan!!

Anonymous said...

Deep-fried + sweet potato = YUM
My Mum made some deep fried sweet potato slices on Monday, the sweet potatoes were dipped in a mix of tapioca and rice flour with a little bit of yellow ginger for flavour. Mmmm...

Anonymous said...


I have not seen that when I was in KL...too bad !!! It looks nice. I will come back ;-)


Anonymous said...

looks yummy... i must check it out the next time i'm in the area. is this food court near the market?

bayibhyap said...

I migrated to KL in the mid-70s and have been eating these sweet potato balls since the late 70s. I still buy them occasionally. I wonder if it's the same stall but I think there is only one in Petaling Street that I know of selling this delicacy.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Another food that brings back childhood memories :o)

Anonymous said...

i really enjoy reading your blog. Love the descriptions and the photos. I just returned from a vacation in Thailand. Your blog makes me want to plan my next vacation to Malaysia!

Anonymous said...

we have a game similar to masak-masak in India called 'bhatukli' in which small girls cook imaginary dishes and even have miniature vessels, stoves, fridges etc to play with.

Michelle said...

hello.. first time visit ur page..

i really din know there's such thing as sweet potato ball.. ought to try it whenever i drop by there.. =P

Anonymous said...

If you're looking for these in S'pore, you can find them at the Maxwell Food Centre near Chinatown, with fillings such as green bean, peanut, coconut and turnip (salty)! :) Yummy!!

boo_licious said...

carcar - can find in Spore. See Shilpa's comment.

an9ie - wow, the addition of ginger sounds good.

fulltime mom - it's slightly further down from the market. If u see Hong Leong Bank, walk down and it's on the same side but next to the Tang City Food Court place.

bayibhyap - it's the same stall as it's the only one there.

wmw - sounds like my childhood memories too.

austin powers - come come to Msia. Tis a good time to visit since it's Visit Malaysia this year. Thxs for the info on the Indian game.

michelle - welcome. Do try it, kinda cute to eat.

shilpa - wow, thxs for the info, sounds like they got very innovative.

Anonymous said...

Would the sweetness be too sweet or it's just appropriate? But they just look so nice to be rejected. :D

Anonymous said...

Hi boo_licious, they have been there for years, and I suppose they're still there. Haven't been back to S'pore for a year. :)

boo_licious said...

galaxie - it's not that sweet.

shilpa - rarely visit Spore nowadays though but will keep this in mind when we do.

Anonymous said...

Been to Petaling Street quite many times but never try this sweet potato balls. 3pm seem too early for me as I always go there for the asam laksa or Portuguese grill fish in the evening.

CC said...

Have u try the KL Kepong Baru sweet potato stall? 30 years in business and there are 3 choices, i.e. sweet potato, yam and Tapioca.

Only open on Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

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