Karioka is deep fried until crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside and covered with sweet coconut sugar sauce. Karioka is a popular snack in the Philippines and Filipinos all over the world. It is almost the same as Ilonggo Bitso-Bitso with the texture and taste.
You can substitute water instead of the coconut milk ingredients if you prefer a lighter taste or use half coconut milk with half water.
I run out of young coconut meat and coconut sport (macapuno) so I used sweetened coconut flake and it work just well, actually I like it better. It made the karioka balls more chewy and more flavor.
If you like Filipino desserts then this Karioka recipe is a must try. It is easy to make and delicious.
Karioka Balls Ingredients
- 1 cup sweet rice flour (glutinous rice flour)
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flake
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- around 2 cups cooking oil
Karioka Balls Instructions
- Using a medium size bowl, mix glutinous rice flour, coconut flake and coconut milk. Mix together until dough is well mixed.
- Scoop a tablespoon of dough mixture and form into a ball. You will end up with 16 medium size balls and good for 4 skewer.
- Heat a medium size deep pan in medium heat and add cooking oil.
- Deep fry dough balls in hot oil until lightly brown and crispy for about 5 minutes turning it around every minute.
- Remove fried dough balls from oil and drain excess oil or place to a paper towel lined plate.
Sugar Coating Ingredients
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Sugar Coating Instructions
- Place coconut milk in a small sauce pan.
- Bring into a quick boil then reduce the heat to medium low.
- Add brown sugar and stir.
- Stir continuously until the mixture thickens for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and allow the sugar coconut coating to cool slightly.
- Dip the fried dough balls into the sugar coconut coating then skewer.
- Serve and enjoy!
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