The Chinese fast food chain in the Philippines, Chowking, has been the most popular restaurant that serves Buchi. From the sesame seeds covering it, you are given a slight crunch one you bite into it and then soft and sticky sweet rice flour that is filled with gooey bean paste or ube filling.
This kakanin has been enjoyed by Filipinos nationwide and is often bought during special occasions such as New Year’s or given as snacks during fiestas. This kakanin is very easy and fun to make especially with children, because they can have fun molding the buchi into small balls. Just be careful because you are going to fry it later on. Try having fun with this recipe!
- 1½ cups sweet rice flour
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup sweet red bean paste
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- 2 to 3 cups cooking oil
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet rice flour and water then mix well (This should form a dough).
- Separate the dough into individual pieces
- Roll each individual piece of dough until a spherical (round) shape is formed
- Press the center of the spherical dough until the shape becomes concave (there should be a hollow spot in the center).
- Scoop the sweet red bean paste using an ordinary teaspoon or measuring spoon then fill it in the hollow space of the dough (amount is up to you, just don’t overfill).
- Seal the dough and roll it once more until the shape is spherical
- Place the sesame seeds in a bowl then roll the sphere shaped dough over it. Make sure that the seeds stick on the dough
- Heat the pan and pour-in the cooking oil.
- When the cooking oil is very hot, deep fry the dough until the sesame seed’s color turns golden brown (about 2 to 3 minutes)
- Remove the cooked buchi from the pan and drain excess oil.
- Serve and Enjoy!