Buchi Ube

Buchi Ube is a variation of the fried Chinese pastry which is made of glutinous rice flour. This pastry has a coating of aromatic sesame seeds. The outer shell is crisp and it’s chewy inside. Red bean paste is commonly the filling for Buchi or butsi which is a Filipino favorite. As per my daughter’s request, I used purple yam in this recipe. We enjoy this sweet treat especially after a hearty meal. Serves this deep fried treat to friends and they will ask for more.

buchi ube plated

Now, you can make this delectable fried Chinese pastry at home.

ready to eat buchi
That ube filling is just heavenly!

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

Tips for Buchi Ube

  • For best results, half-cook the glutenous rice flour in hot water so that you don’t need to spend much time deep frying the buchi at the same time avoiding over cooking it.
desserts in a bowl

Buchi Ube

This pastry has a coating of sesame seeds on the outside. The outer shell is crisp and it’s chewy inside.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: buchi ube, buchi ube recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Mia


  • ¾ cup glutenous rice flour (first mixing)
  • ¼ cup glutenous rice flour (second mixing)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (or plain sugar)
  • 1 tsp cooking oil

Topping and Filling

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • cup ube halaya (store bought ube paste)
  • 1 tbsp glutinous rice dissolve in ½ cup water

For frying

  • 500 ml cooking oil (for frying)


  • In a pot over medium heat, add ½ cup water and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add brown sugar and stir until it melts. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place ¾ cup of the glutinous rice flour in a mixing bowl then add melted sugar while still warm. Mix well until well incorporated and no traces of flour left.
  • Then the ¼ cup glutinous rice flour until dough forms. Pour 1 tsp cooking oil and knead some more until oil is absorbed in the dough. Let it rest for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • When dough is rested. Roll the dough into a log approximately 12 inches in length. Cut into 12 equal parts. Take a piece of rolled dough and create a hole to place the filling in. Put 1½ tsp purple yam filling on in the hole you made.
  • Seal all the dough making sure there are no cracks to avoid purple yam spilling out. Roll it on your palm until it's perfectly round. Do with all the remaining pieces of dough.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp of glutinous flour in ½ cup water. In a different bowl place sesame seeds. Dip buchi one at a time in the bowl with flour-water mixture then transfer in bowl with sesame seeds and dredge the buchi, making sure all of the dough is covered with sesame seeds.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Deep fry the dough balls in batches until golden brown. When done, let rest to cool down and serve. Bon Appetit! 



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