FaiKaKai (Coconut-Caramel Dumplings)

A delicious Tongan delicacy to sweeten up your day.


For the dumplings:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


For the syrup:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 400mL of Kara UHT Coconut Cream


  1. Stir the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Microwave the milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl on high until just warm (do not over-heat), about 1 minute.
  3. Stir the warmed milk mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until incorporated and smooth.
  4. Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil.
  5. Drop the milk & flour mixture by tablespoon into the boiling water to make the dumplings, about 1/4 inch apart (you should have about 18 dumplings).
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the dumplings have doubled in size, 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Put 4 cups of sugar in a medium sized heavy pot and cook on medium high heat until it begins to caramelize, stirring constantly.
  8. When it is brown, carefully begin adding the Kara UHT Coconut Cream until you get the consistency you want.
  9. Transfer the dumplings into a bowl and cover with the syrup.
  10. stir until all dumplings are coated and serve!

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