Ingredients

  • Serves 6 people
  • 200 g glutinous rice flour 

    150 ml water 

    500ml oil for frying 

    120 g brown sugar 

    30 ml water

    12 - 15 pcs bamboo skewers/sticks

Carioca (Filipino Sugar-Coated Fried Rice Balls)
Recipe Courtesy of
Asian Food Network

Carioca (Filipino Sugar-Coated Fried Rice Balls)

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Sold almost everywhere on the streets of the Philippines, Carioca is an affordable and popular merienda (snack) that is made up of skewered fried glutinous rice balls. Glutinous rice flour and water are mixed and then formed into bite-sized rice balls before being fried until crispy. Once done, they are coated in a caramel sauce and served while still hot. The crispiness of the exterior contrasts well with the chewy interior, turning this into the perfect snack for those who love food with textures
  • Easy
  • 15 min
  • 15 min
  • 15 min
  • 3 steps
  • 6 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 3 steps
  • 6 Ingredients
  • 15 min
  • 15 min
  • 15 min

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice ball mixture

    • In a mixing bowl, combine 200g rice flour and 150ml water and whisk until it forms a clay-like dough. 
    • Next, roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and set it aside. Repeat steps to form more rice balls.
    Prepare rice ball mixture


  2. Fry the rice balls

    • Heat 500ml oil in a frying pan over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes until hot. 
    • Once the oil is hot, gently add the rice balls and cook for 3-4 minutes or until light brown. 
    • Transfer cooked rice balls on a cooling rack with paper towels to drain excess oil.
    • Set it aside and prepare to dip into caramel sauce.
    Fry the rice balls


  3. Make the caramel sauce

    • In a small saucepan, pour 120g brown sugar and 30 ml water in and stir until dissolved. 
    • Next, transfer the saucepan onto a stove and turn on the heat to medium and boil without stirring until syrup is golden, about 5-6 minutes. 
    • Next, remove pan from heat and dip the rice balls into this caramel
    Make the caramel sauce


Plate and Serve!

Skewer rice balls into bamboo sticks and serve while warm!

Plate and Serve!
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    Ingredients
    • Serves 6 people
    • 200 g glutinous rice flour 

      150 ml water 

      500ml oil for frying 

      120 g brown sugar 

      30 ml water

      12 - 15 pcs bamboo skewers/sticks

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