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Sesame Balls

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
The recipe below is for sesame balls with cheese filling. Check the notes after the recipe for instructions on how to use ube halaya for the filling.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese-Filipino
Servings 12 sesame balls
Sesame balls (buchi) with cheese filling


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar use more for a sweeter dough
  • 12 one-inch cube cheese
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • cooking oil for deep frying


  • Dump the glutinous rice flour and sugar into a bowl. Mix in just enough water to allow the mixture to come together into a ball.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, divide the dough into 12 portions.
  • Roll each portion between the palm of your hands to form small balls.
  • Arrange the balls on your work surface and, using your index finger, press the center of each ball to create an indentation.
  • Drop a cube of cheese at the center of each ball.
  • Gather each ball to enclose the cheese filling.
  • Roll the balls in sesame seeds to completely cover the surface.
  • Heat enough cooking oil to reach a depth of at least three inches.
  • Fry the sesame seed balls over high heat until the crust is crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve the sesame seed balls while hot.


Based on a recipe by Karen Joy Perez Castro.
If you want to use ube halaya for the filling, roll the ube halaya into one-inch balls, arrange on a tray and chill in the freezer for half an hour before stuffing into the rice balls. This will make it easier to handle them when stuffing the rice balls. It will also prevent the filling from softening too much during frying.
Updated from two recipes published in April 15, 2020 and July 15, 2020.
Keyword Glutinous rice balls