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Onde-onde (Ondeh-ondeh)

Onde-onde (Ondeh-ondeh)
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Today, I would like to introduce another Malaysian blogger to you—Angie at Sea Salt with Food. Based in Vancouver, BC, Sea Salt with Food is a fairly new site but it’s already packed full with many delicious and droolsome recipes. Much like many Malaysians abroad, when we miss home, we cook Malaysian food furiously to ease our cravings. Let’s welcome the talented Sea Salt with Food to Rasa Malaysia as she shares her onde-onde (ondeh-ondeh) recipe with us. Enjoy!

Onde-onde (Ondeh-ondeh)
Guest Writer: Sea Salt with Food

Recently I received an email from Rasa Malaysia to be her guest writer. Well, my first thought was, what a timely invitation. I was thinking to post something special to celebrate my 7-month old blog. Hence, this is a special post for Sea Salt with Food and being a guest writer on Rasa Malaysia!

Onde-Onde is one of the traditional kuih in Malaysia (kuih is term for Malaysian cakes, pastries if you will). They are either made from sweet potato or glutinous rice flour.

The cute little onde-onde–also spelled as ondeh-obdeh–are infused with pandan (screwpine leaf) juice and filled with “Gula Melaka” or palm sugar and then rolled in with some fresh grated coconut. The palm sugar that’s in it literally bursts in your mouth when you take a bite. They are sweet and delicious.(You can learn more about onde-onde/ondeh-ondeh here.)

I hope you will try this onde-onde (ondeh-ondeh) recipe. They taste great!

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63 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. I love this but I’m terrible with dough, sounds easy but I’ll be a big mess. You have a beautiful blob & photos. I don’t know how you ladies do it, congrats!

  2. I’ve never tried this before.. but the sheer simplicity of the methods combined with minimal ingredients has placed this recipe on my to try list

  3. John

    I have never tried these onde-onde before but they sure looks cute and I am sure they are very delicious.

  4. Tuty

    Oh we call these “Kelepon” in Indonesian :-)

    We also have the chocolate variety of kelepon. Chocolate and palm sugar… yummy!!

  5. prasetya

    very interesting. Indonesians call this kelepon and onde-onde is another different things. In Indonesia, onde-onde refers to a fried ball with red bead paste filling and wrapped by sesame.

  6. Sze

    The best ondeh-ondeh I had have is from my kampung, sells by an old man during the Pasar Ramathan only,and it just cost 50 cents! but I think it is not easy to make ondeh-ondeh, especially when u wrap the gula melaka with the outer layer~
    Really miss this yummy yummy kuih! Thx for ur post! ^^

  7. Sze

    One more thing, I’m living in bay area, near Berkeley,
    do u know where can I buy the pandan leaves??
    I need it to cook nasi lemak~

    • There’s a Ranch 99 in Cerritos, but I don’t think you can find it there. I am able to find them in Vietnamese grocery stores. But I don’t know any near Berkeley.

  8. km

    i just made it! thanks for the recipe. though i wonder if you had any problems with the skin of the ball bursting as it boils?

    • linghui

      I’ve tried making a couple of times. Boiling part of the dough till it floats is the key to prevent it from bursting. Reason behind that is because the boiled dough is suppose to act like an elastic wall that expands when you boil it. Another thing you can do is to keep the cover open and boil it over medium small fire, to prevent high pressure, hence bursting it.

  9. ES

    Many traditional onde-onde recipes do not use gultinous rice flour but use mashed sweet potato with some tapioca flour. For the filling, alternatively one can use grated coconut lightly sweeten with gula melaka. This will reduce the overall GI of the onde-onde, suitable for diabetic. In the US, some called sweet potato, yam. Strange!

  10. rachel

    hi, we can’t get freshly grated coconut here in London unless we buy the old coconut and grate it ourself. is there any alternative? how about using dessicated coconut steamed with some coconut milk? or can we use frozen grated coconut? thanks.

    • Tasha

      Rachel, this is a bit of a long time after your comment but I just wanted to let you know that you CAN get fresh grated coconut in London. At Earl’s Court on Hogarth Road there’s a filipino supermarket called Pinoy Supermarket and they sell freshly grated coconu at £2 a coconut. You have to ask the cashier as they grate it fresh.

      Good luck!

  11. ILuvJuice

    Yum, yum, yum! I made these for my malaysian boyfriend and he loved them. They are so simple to make and so delicious.

  12. we, javanese people called onde-onde as kelepon based on the description in here. i thought we shared the same roots, but to be honest i am bit objected when someone called as malaysian desert. let’s say south east asian rather pointed the finger to specific country. historically most of our culinary heritage came from the same ingredients (gula jawa as gula melaka-they are same and compliment each other). beautiful photos & nice presentation.

  13. Joe

    I can’t get the pandan leaves here but i bought the pandan paste. How much water do I need for kneading the dough with the pandan paste? Thanks! :)

  14. margeena


    I love your blog and onde2 especially. I’m wondering though what is the significance of putting that 40g of dough into the boiling water and then mixing it back again with the rest of the dough?? I’m gonna try and make these. Thanks! ~~

  15. Foodmania

    I just want to make five onde onde. The problem is that I cannot figure how to narrow it down. It doesn’t say here that how many balls you can make from this recipe, though :)

    How long does this process of making onde onde take?


  16. vidya rana

    i like onde onde. i saw recipe in fox history then i m in love with onde onde. i m indian but its my frist exotic dish in my life.

  17. Henri

    I am sorry. Onde-Onde is the real cake of Mojokerto City State East Java, Indonesia. So why you wrote it up as Malaysia Kuih? You should make it correct. Thanks

  18. NeeghuMohan

    My hubby loves ondeh ondeh. I sincerely tried it yesterday. Followed the recipe exactly but it was a disaster. I couldn’t form the ball shape the dough melted in my palm….why is it so?. Please help. Thank you.

  19. Serena

    hi, this onde-onde looks so good. Never had it before but would like to try to make it real soon!!!
    One question: should these be served hot or cold (room temp). Does the grated coconut must be fresh or dry is also ok?

  20. Heya, I love your blog and is always a go to for Malaysian recipes. I tried making onde onde before but it was a mess trying to stuff enough grated gula melaka in the middle and keep the dough thin. Do you have a tip? Also, is there a reason why a small dough is boiled and then kneaded into the raw dough?

  21. Angeline

    i just made some with this recipe. the palm sugar i got was in large bars which i had to break into smaller pieces. the onde onde tasted like it should but the palm sugar did not dissolve.. so it was like a crunchy candy in the middle…. how do u get the palm sugar to “melt”?

  22. Lisa

    I live in mid-West and cannot find Gula Melaka, even online. Can it be substituted by Gula Jawa (Indonesian)? I can buy this on Amazon easily.
    Also, is there an online grocery that sells fresh or frozen pandan leaves?
    Thank you

  23. Angie Wheatley

    Will this recipe work if I used 100g of sweet potato flour and 10g of glutinous rice flour? I love the taste and texture of sweet potato in the recipe.

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