Filipino Carioca (Fried Sweet Rice Balls)

Carioca is everything you want to eat on a stick: crunchy, chewy, sweet, and absolutely addicting.


  • Plain:
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Coconut flavored:
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Sugar coating:
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut milk


  1. In a bowl, mix the rice flour and water until a dough forms. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it’s too dry, add some coconut milk. Repeat the same process with the coconut flavored mix.
  2. Scoop the dough and roll into small equally-sized balls. Use a skewer to poke holes through each ball to prevent exploding in oil. Heat canola or vegetable oil and fry the balls, on medium-low heat, until golden and crispy. Set aside to drain the excess oil.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and coconut milk, and heat until thickened and bubbling. Skewer 3-4 balls onto sticks and coat well with the syrup.