I just love anything made with Japanese sweet potatoes, and daigaku imo is one of them. The literal meaning of Daigaku imo is university potatoes or college potatoes (we don’t have separate words between them), and I am sure many of you think it is a funny name. This dish was supposed to be very popular among college students in Tokyo when it was first created. Since then it has been called by the name. It is basically deep-fried, candied sweet potatoes. Even though it is very sweet, it is not considered a dessert but more of a snack or a side dish. I guess the closest thing here would be a candied yam in that sense.
Although it is the tastiest if it is deep fried (as with many things,) I often just bake it in the oven because it is so much easier (and healthier) this way, and it comes out very good! It is a good snack and also good to put in a bento box (lunch box) since it is tasty even served at room temperature.
I included both baked and deep fried recipes here so try whichever method you like.
|Daigaku Imo|| |
- 1 lb Japanese sweet potatoes
- canola oil
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoon mirin
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon rice vinegar
- Black sesame seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash sweet potato, and cut into bite sizes.
- Lay the sweet potatoes out on a roasting pan. Drizzle oil over it, and roast for about 30 minutes until tender.
- Take it out of the oven, and add sugar, honey, mirin, soy sauce and rice vinegar over it. Mix until well coated, taking care not to smash potatoes. Roast until the sauce gets thick and potatoes look caramelized a bit - for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Take out of the oven, sprinkle sesame seeds if you would like. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Deep fry sweet potatoes until cooked through, and drain on paper towels.
In a small pan add the same amount of sugar, honey, mirin, soy sauce and rice vinegar as above plus 1 tablespoon water, and cook over medium heat until the sauce gets thickened.
Add fried potatoes into the sauce, and mix to coat with the sauce quickly. Remove from the heat, and sprinkle black sesame seeds. Serve immediately or at room temperature.