Filipino Buchi-buchi Recipe

Chowking, a Chinese food chain in the Philippines (owned by the legendary Jollibee Corp.) serves this deep fried treat to the masses. Now, you can make this sweet rice cake at home. Serves 4 to 6


  • For the dough:
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 100 grams langka, cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 kilo cooking oil
  • 3 pieces egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Custard filling:
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sweet rice flour and water mixing well to forming dough. Separate the dough into individual round shapes, like little dough balls. Then press the center of each ball down creating a hollow spot in the middle of each piece.
  2. With a teaspoon, scoop the sweet red bean paste into the spot you’ve just created in each of your dough balls. Make sure not to overfill the space. Seal the dough over the red bean paste and smooth until each ball is spherical with the paste in the middle.
  3. In another bowl, roll each dough ball over the sesame seeds, making sure the seeds are sticking.
  4. With a saucepan or wok, heat cooking oil over high heat. When the oil is very hot, deep-fry each ball until the sesame seeds turn a golden brown. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan and sit on paper towels (to drain excess oil).
  5. Serve and enjoy.