I think I’m addicted. Addicted to easy, to fried objects, to laughter.
In other words, to these sesame balls.
The idea of making sesame balls came to me from one of my followers. (Yes, you can give me ideas on things to make. No, I won’t bite your head off. Yes, I promise.)
These laughing balls are eaten in China to bring in the Chinese New Year, one of many many cute little treats eaten during that time. The laughing “mouth” they have symbolize the laughter and happiness they bring to the eater in the new year.
So, you know, the more you eat the more happy you get.
So you should eat more.
Laughing Sesame Seed Balls
Notes: Adapted from this here recipe on a Chinese recipe website. I know, I’m dedicated to my food. Makes 25 balls.
Taste & Texture: The outside is hard and crunchy, while the inside is soft. There’s a slight sesame flavor and a slightly sweet flavor as well. Asians don’t do overpoweringly sweet desserts and snacks, ya know.
- 1 egg. Five dollar foot egg.
- 1/3 cup sugar. Chicken sugar, possibilities.
- 2 cup flour. Because you’re worth it.
- 3 tbsp butter. If it fits, it ships.
- 1/4 cup water. Just water it.
- Heaping 1 tsp baking powder. Moving forward.
- Sesame seeds. If you don’t know company slogans, you’re probably very confused right now.
1. Beat together egg and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients. Form into a nice dough.
2. Roll out dough into a log, then cut into smaller pieces. Make it into medium marble-size pieces; any bigger and the inside won’t cook thoroughly.
3. Wet each ball with water and dip into the sesame seeds. Use just a little bit of water, but a lot of sesame seeds.
4. Fry until golden brown.
The Extra Mile:
- Stuff it. Traditionally there’s no filling, but you can amp it up with some nice little balls of Mung Bean Butter.
Okay, I have a confession. We ate all of the good-looking sesame balls before I could take pictures, so I had to manually widen the “laugh” part of the remaining sesame balls, to demonstrate what a laughing sesame ball should look like. I know, I’m a cheater.
ROFL. LMAO. ROFLMAO.
(Come on. You can figure that one out.)