Cut taro into small cubes and place them on a heat-proof plate.
Steam the taro over high heat for 20 minutes until the taro is soft. Check with a fork, if you can break them apart easily, then it's ready.
Meanwhile, mix wheat starch and hot boiling water in a bowl until combined. Knead into a soft dough. If you see dry spots of flour in the bowl, gradually add in the water, one tablespoon of water at a time. Set aside.
Once the taro is ready, mashed into a fine paste and season with salt, sugar, and 5-spice powder.
Add in the wheat starch dough and coconut oil. Knead until everything is well combined.
Dust a work surface with wheat starch and line a small baking pan with parchment paper.
Transfer the taro dough to the work surface. Using your hand, mold the dough into a long 'belt' about 13-14 inches long. The thickness is around 1 cm and the height is about 2.5 inches.
Turn the dough up and form it into a ring. Seal the ends together. Carefully transfer the ring to the baking pan and refrigerate for an hour.
Fill a large wok with oil, enough to cover the taro. Once the oil is heated, fry the rice noodles until they expand and fluff up. Please see notes to check how you can test the oil temperature.
Remove the vermicelli using a sieve and transfer to a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Then, place the noodles on a cleaned plate.
Now, use the same wok to fry the taro basket. Slowly lower down the basket into the hot oil, be careful as the oil is really hot.
Once the basket is in the oil, let it cook for a minute and turn the heat to medium. If the oil doesn't cover the whole taro basket, use a spatula to spoon the oil to cook the top part.
Slowly flip so the whole taro basket is fully cooked through.
The taro basket is ready once they turn golden brown. Remove and let it sit on a paper towel as well to absorb excess oil. Place the taro basket on top of the fried noodles.