When guests come to visit us, I usually get excited. I start to go through my mind, thinking what treats I could try serving my unsuspecting companionship. My husband tends to get nervous at this times. He is normally my testing bunny these days, if he doesn’t like something then I better leave it or improve it.
So in my mind I had decided on a little “impress me” snack, caramelized sweet Potatoes aka Daigaku Imo. Why was my husband nervous? Because the visitors were some business friends of his and mostly I guess because he hadn’t had a test drive on that one. While it was cooking he came to peek and I randomly thought I ll mention that it is a Japanese snack. He looked at me full terror in his eyes and begged me not to come up with some raw fish. Well.. I guess he was lucky with that one. 😉
Anyway, one day I ll teach him how wonderful Japanese food is. I myself wish I knew more about all those wonderful flavors they cook with and the gorgeous unique way of presenting food. Everything they do is perfect and full of details and sometimes I would call it brilliant too. Unluckily certain ingredients are 98% of the time impossible to obtain, especially fresh foods, so when I discover a great recipe I tend to just stare at the picture and think “da**! I wish I could try that now. At least time to time I score some sweet potatoes and I am able to perform some japanize foodie style magic.
So,… our visitors looked sceptically at the funny named snack on the table. Not sure what to think off those glossy brown potato pieces. In this situation, I tend to act like as if I was busy with something else and then I wait, anticipating a reaction, observing from my eye corner, trying to read the first bite in the face of my innocent test person. What an adrenalin kick I tell you,… seconds seem like ages! The relieve came when one of the 2 attacked more,… and then some more…
The 4 of us finished 2 plates of Daigaku Imo and in addition to that our visitors played with a thought of trying it out in their restaurant. I didn’t give them the recipe, for that they ll have to come here, and check out my blog. XD
For those of you who love Japanese food I can recommend you all, Namis wonderful Japanese themed foodie blog, “Just one Cookbook”. Click on the button to visit her blog.
- 1 l Deep frying Oil
- 3 medium Sweet Poato - preferably with red skin
- 3 Tbs light honey
- 1½ Tsp Soy sauce
- 5 Tbs white sugar
- Sesame Seeds - preferably black ( I had only white ones)
- thick Sea Salt
- In a Frying pan dry fry the Sesame seeds with the Salt till they start to get a light brown color and they pop up. Keep aside
- Heat the oil for Deep frying. Scrub the Sweet Potatoes well and cut them into bite size chunks ( don't peel the skin!). Once the oil is hot enough add in the Potato chunks.
- In the mean while, grab a frying pan and add into it all the mentioned above ingredients for the caramelization. Keep it all on low fire and mix and stir all the ingredients well till it gets thicker.
- The potatoes should be finished cooked now, you can see that if they are swimming on top of the oil pan. Take them out and directly add them into the caramel combination. Mix it all well as long as it is still hot. Once it all cools down it will get sticky hard. Just before that happens, sprinkle some of the toasted sesame salt on top to garnish.
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