Vegan Chinese Sesame Balls (Jin Dui)

Vegan Chinese Sesame Balls (Jin Dui)

  • Author: Helen Au
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese


These Vegan Chinese Sesame Balls are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They are made with 6 ingredients only and make for the perfect snack to have and share with everyone.


-2 cups (180g) glutinous rice flour (I used this brand),
-120 mL (½ cup + 1 tbsp) water, boiled
-½ tsp baking powder
-¼ cup (50g) organic sugar
-¾ cup (100g) sesame seeds
-pinch of salt
-oil for frying


  1. Soak the sesame seeds in warm water for 10 minutes, set aside.
  2. Add the rice flour, baking powder, sugar and salt to a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Slowly add in the hot water, mixing until a dough forms. Knead until smooth. Cover in a bowl with a damp towel.
  4. Drain the water in the sesame seeds’ bowl. Set aside.
  5. Dust a cleaned surface with some glutinous rice flour. Roll the dough out into a log. Divide into about 20g (if you want them to be larger, adjust accordingly) sized dough. Roll each dough into a ball.
  6. Roll each dough into the soaked sesame seeds. Lightly press the sesame seeds into the dough so they will stick together. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Add some oil to a frying pan. Heat over medium temperature until it reaches about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also test by dropping a few sesame seeds onto the pan. If it sizzles, the oil is ready.
  8. Carefully drop the sesame balls into the oil. Allow it to cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until golden in color. If the sesame seeds start burning too early, lower the temperature for the next batch as the oil may be too hot.
  9. Allow them to cool before serving. Enjoy!

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