Sunday, 4 June 2017

Japanese University Potatoes -daigaku imo

These warm sesame sweet potatoes can be found in many Convienient Stores in Japan, they are filling and cheep.
The students at the university ate this around the beginning of the 20th century as a low budget meal.
Here in Germany there is Studentenfutter, a mix of different nuts and lots of raisins that was eaten by students a lot.

They are sold from street vendors at some tourist attractions too.
I used a purple sweet potato, they are sold here in my local supermarket mixed in with the other orange coloured ones. The ones I have eaten in Japan were golden in colour.

1 large sweet potato
3 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
Oil for frying

Peel the sweet potato and cut it into chunks.
Purple sweet potatoes are tougher then the orange or white ones.
Put the chunks in a steamer and steam it for 20 minutes.
Heat up the frying oil and put the cooked potatoes in at 170 C.
They will need 5 minutes. Put them on a kitchen paper and directly into the syrup
Make the syrup.
Put on a silicon or baking sheet and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
Eat warm.

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