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Fried Meringue

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | Asian Recipes, Chinese, Recipes | 5 Comments

Fried Meringue Red Bean

Last week on Poh’s Kitchen, Poh did her infamous fried meringue. The first time I saw Poh attempted this on Masterchef I was very intrigued and have been wanting to make it ever since. I was very excited about finally having the recipe.

This was such an easy and quick dessert to put together. I just couldn’t wait to taste the meringue balls that the moment I scooped one out of the hot oil I took a bite into it. I was very surprised by the texture. It doesn’t taste like a meringue at all. I think the texture is more of a light and fluffy doughnut. The taste and texture reminds me of an asian dessert which I had a long time ago but can’t quite put a finger on it.


I find the trickiest part of the process is maintaining the ball shape as you scoop the batter and put in the oil. My laddle was too big and I used an ice cream scooper instead. The ice cream scooper was not too small as the balls puffed up when fried. I do suggest using a small pan (for less oil) and fry one at a time as it browns very quickly. Careful not to let the meringue touch the sides of the pan as it will stick.

Instead of pandan crème patissiere I used red bean paste which I made from using the sweet red bean dessert I was making. But I guess you can be creative and make other flavours (chocolate, custard, taro, black sesame or jam).

I had a disaster with the spun sugar as I didn’t let it cool enough. What I ended up was droplets of caramel all over the kitchen. So I decided to just the hot caramel pour over the fried meringue balls and dust it with icing sugar. The fried meringue balls really need a sweet coating on it.

I think Poh has finally got the recipe right. I love how the meringue balls are soft and airy inside. Also it doesn’t feel very oily.

fried meringue red bean

Fried Meringue
Makes 8

Adapted from Poh’s Kitchen


4 egg whites
1/4 cup plain flour sifted
1/4 cup cornflour sifted
vegetable oil for deep frying
caster sugar
1 cup red bean paste


To make the Meringue mixture:
Beat egg whites till stiff peaks. Gently fold in flours till incorporated.

Heat oil so that a cube of bread goes golden in about 15 seconds.

To stuff the meringue balls, make a well with some meringue mixture at the bottom of an ice cream scooper, drop a teaspoonful of the red bean paste into it and then spoon some more meringue over the top to seal the red bean paste. Lower the ladle into the oil quickly scooping out the meringue ball into the oil. If there is hole on the surface quickly try to seal it over with some meringue mix before it turns over in the oil. Cook till golden. You can’t really overcook these but you do have to watch out for undercooking as the meringue mixture is vile and pasty when underdone.

To finish off, roll in caster sugar immediately or if you’re feeling adventurous you can throw some caramelised sugar over the balls to give the flavour more depth and a bit of crunch, plus it looks quite attractive and festive.

Fried Meringue

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5 Responses to “Fried Meringue”

  1. Anh
    March 16th, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    This looks great!! I wanted to try it as well. Just too busy with other things at the moment…

  2. Amy @
    March 17th, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

    I love Poh. I was yelling at the tv during the final of Masterchef. My hands covered my face in disgust when they announced the winner. oh dear. I mustn’t get so caught up in it all.

    I am so glad you test drove this recipe. It looks so good. Deep fried foods have a special way with me.

  3. MaryMoh
    March 18th, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    Looks very delicious but I can see the way to do it is very tricky and challenging. Love the red bean paste filling.

  4. Belle@OohLook
    March 18th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    Wow, excellent effort on your part! Poh did make it look easy on her show. Shame the spun sugar didn’t work out, it would have looked spectacular – are you going to try again?

  5. Yen
    March 19th, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    Anh, I hope you get to try it cause I love to see your creative take on it.

    Amy, I was disappointed that Poh didn’t win Masterchef but good things has come to her with the show and two cookbooks in the works.

    Mary, Thank you. I think I will try a different next time.

    Belle, I’m going to tried the fried meringue again with different fillings and definitely the spun sugar.

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