Onde Onde, pronounced as 'onn-day onn-day' or also known as Buah Melaka by the Peranakans, originates from the state of Melaka. These sweet balls of treat is one of the many Peranakan desserts and very popular with the locals. We love these sweet morsels. It has a soft dough coated with lightly salted grated coconut and filled with natural flavors of Gula Melaka (the Pernakans call them Gula Tuak) as the filling. Gula Melaka, otherwise known as Palm Sugar is made by first extracting the sap from the flower bud of a coconut tree. Several slits are cut into the bud and a pot is tied underneath the bud to collect the sap. Then the sap is boiled until it thickens after which, in the traditional way, it is poured into bamboo tubes between 3-5 inches in length, and left to solidify to form cylindrical cake blocks. Alternatively it can be poured into glass jars or plastic bags. Here's how they look like.
The way to eat the onde onde is by popping the sweet ball into your mouth. When you bite into it, the Gula Melaka filling will just burst and ooze into your mouth. It's an explosion of flavors. The saltiness of the coconut, the almost maple-like sweetness of the Gula Melaka and the chewiness of the dough. So little ingredients and yet so rich in flavor. Here's the recipe and step-by-step on how to make them. Please enjoy!
Yields: 70-80 balls
500g glutinous rice flour (you can also use boiled mash sweet potatoes - 3 parts of sweet potatoes to 1 part of glutinous rice flour)
1 1/4 cup pandan juice (blend some pandan leaves or screwpine leaves with a little water, squeeze the juice out. Add more juice as needed.)
1 1/2 tubes of Gula Melaka, chopped into small pieces
2 coconuts - grated coarsely without skin and mixed with a pinch of salt.
2. Bring a pot of boiling water, lower the heat to simmer gently, pinch out a ball of dough about the size of a lime, flatten it into a disc and drop it into the simmering water. When the disc is cooked and rises to the surface, lift if out with a slotted spoon, shake off excess water and knead the cooked dough evenly back into the main ball of dough.
Chopped Gula Melaka Grated coconut mixed with a pinch of salt
3. Pinch off small balls of dough the size of calamansi limes and roll into smooth balls. Shape it into a flat disc and fill the center with chopped Gula Melaka. Pinch together the dough together to enclose and roll them gently to smoothen the ball, and drop them into the simmering water.
4. When the dough balls float to the top, carefully remove them with a slotted spoon and allow any excess water to drip off. Drop the balls into the grated coconut and roll them to coat evenly. Transfer to serving plate.
You can also store them in an air tight container and refrigerate them prior to serving if desired.
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