Poached Taro and Rice Balls in Coconut Milk

Poached Taro and Rice Balls in Coconut Milk


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This dessert called 'Bu loy phuok' in Thailand is taro and rice flour balls boiled in water then placed in a sweet coconut milk sauce to finish.


Serves: 4 

  • For the Rice Balls
  • 180g rice flour
  • 200g taro, peeled, steamed and mashed
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • For the Sauce
  • 875ml coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (155g) sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) coconut cream

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Rice Balls: Mix the rice flour, mashed taro and water together until a dough is formed. Roll the dough out into snake and cut into 1cm lengths. Roll the pieces into balls.
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Drop the rice balls into the water and remove with a slotted spoon when the balls float. Place the balls into a bowl of ice water. When the balls are cool remove from the ice water and reserve.
  3. Sauce: Combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in saucepan and heat slowly. Stir constantly.
  4. Add the rice balls and bring to a simmer. Add the coconut cream and heat through. Do not boil. Remove from the heat.
  5. Spoon the balls and coconut sauce into bowls and serve.

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Reviews (2)


This recipe is so delicious and it is easy to make. My wife and I like it so much we make a double serve always. - 10 Jul 2011


I found the taro balls to be a bit stodgy and rather tasteless - really liked the sauce. If I was going to make it again, I'd add something else to the rice/taro mix - e.g. sultanas and maybe some lemon zest. - 13 Aug 2012

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