■ 225g yams

■ 90g plain flour

■ 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

■ 2 eggs, separated

■ water

■ salt and pepper

■ 1 litre of cooking oil


1. Peel and cut the yam to fine matchsticks about two inches long and place in a bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt over the yam sticks and with a wooden spoon mix in the salt with a press and stir motion. Add half a cup of water and mix through. Then wash and drain the yam. Season the yam sticks with plenty of salt and pepper.

2. In a mixing bowl beat the egg yolks and then gradually add the flour and baking powder. The result will be a dry crumbly flour mixture.

3. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and then add to the flour mix, folding in gently.

4 Finally add the yam sticks to the batter a small amount at a time and fold through.

5. Place about 4cm of oil in heavy saucepan and heat to 170˚C. Scoop out a portion of batter coated yam with a serving spoon and place in the hot oil, adding a few at a time. Fry the puffs for 4-5 minutes, turning once, until they are golden. Drain on a rack or paper towels.

Prep: 10m | Cook: 25m | Yield: 15 pcs | Easy

Macao Yam Fritters Recipe

Fofinhos de Inhame

Macau Deep Fried Yam Fritters | Fofinhos de inhame

Deep fried battered yam snack or side dish

Recipe adapted From: Felipe B Nery's english translation of Maria Celestina de Mello e Senna's cookbook "Bons Petiscos", 1972. Accessed online 2015, no longer available.