Tee Kuih with Sweet Potato and Yam recipe

18 Mar

This has always been our family favorite dessert especially after the Chinese New Year.  We always make sure that we kept as many of the “nin ko” (in Cantonese) to last us for a long time.  It is also known as Tee Kuih (in Hokkien) or just simply Sweet Cake. To make these fritters, we used tempura flour as batter which made it easier.  I’ve also created another simple way to make use of the tee kuih, using spring roll wrapping skin.   Having said that, recipe is available after the cut.

tee kuih

Tee Kuih with Sweet Potato and Yam recipe

Ingredients (to make 6 pieces)

1 Sweet Potato

1 Yam (depending on size)

Tee Kuih/Sweet cake

A packet of Tempura flour

Spring Roll skins (for the spring roll recipe)



layering the tee kuih with yam and sweet potato


Cut up yam, sweet potato and the Tee Kuih into squares (4cm X 4cm). Mix the tempura flour until it is smooth in consistency.  Add a pinch of salt. Place the Tee Kuih in between the yam and the sweet potato.  Dip it into the batter and make sure it is coated well.  Deep fry them in medium heat.

For the spring roll method, you’ll need spring roll skin (to make at least 6 pieces).  Cut up yam, sweet potatoes into julienne (approximately 6cm).  Steam the yam and sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes.  Cool the yam and potatoes.  In the meantime, cut the Tee Kuih the same length as the yam/sweet potatoes.  Place all the julienne (pieces of tee kuih, yam and sweet potatoes) on the spring roll skin and roll them (see picture below).  Seal the spring roll with some wet flour.  Deep fry the rolls until light brown in colour.

If Tee Kuih is not available, you can always omit it.

spring roll method


*yam – you can use frozen yams which are available from any Asian groceries but in most Asian countries, they are available from the markets { http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/yam }

*tee kuih or sweet cake is normally available during Chinese New Year.  Tee kuih is traditionally offered to the Kitchen God to keep him from reporting bad deeds to the Jade Emperor#. (# source:  The Star)

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1 Response to Tee Kuih with Sweet Potato and Yam recipe



March 19th, 2010 at 5:27 am

I really love tee kuih with sweet potato & yam!! Such classic!

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