Friday, November 21, 2014

Bento Bites: Daigaku Imo

Last Friday we invited some friends over to watch some anime. To keep up the Japanese theme, we served some Japanese snacks. Daigaku Imo are Japanese university sweet potatoes, typically served during university festivals. They sounded so tasty that we had to make them. They are truly the best snack we made in a long time. The original recipe comes from Just Hungry. Or course I had to make some adaptations because we can't get hold of all the ingredients here. But as is already stated in the original recipe, just use what you can get hold of :) The best thing about this? It is vegan! The picture was taken on the go and I wasn't able to make it before grabby hands got hold of some pieces ;)

Daigaku Imo (serves about 2-4 as a snack)
-  1 medium sweet potato
- Oil for frying
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 0.5 tsp soy sauce
- (black) sesame seeds

Scrub the sweet potatoes clean, do this really well, because we are leaving the skin on. Cut the sweet potato into wedges. Place the pieces in cold water.
Heat up about 3 cm oil in a large pan, or use your deep fryer. Drain and dry the sweet potatoes and place in the oil. Fry on medium heat until cooked through and lightly browned.

Meanwhile mix the sugar, maple syrup and soy sauce in a small pan on medium heat until the mixture is melted and looks sticky. Take off the heat. Take the potato pieces out, drain and put them immediately in the pan with the syrup. Be careful because both will be very hot! Mix it through until all the pieces have a coating of syrup. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and separate the pieces so they don't stick to each other. They are best eaten warm, but still good in your bento too!

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