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Daigaku-Imo, Glazed Sweet Potatoes: For Constipation, Loss of Appetite, Filling Yang Qi (Positive Energy)

Posted Nov 05 2011 9:17pm
The last two posts talk about sweet potatoes ( here and there ),and today’s post is, as a matter of fact, dedicated to friendly purple sweetpotatoes. Sweet potatoes can be transformed into savory or sweet. This recipeof daigaku-imo is very popular among all generation including my foreignfriends.
Daigaku-imo is usually deep-fried and coatedsweet potatoes with sugar, in other words, glazed sweet potatoes. My recipedoesn’t deep fry sweet potatoes. Instead, I grill on a pan with little sesameoil or olive oil.

Here is little history of daigaku-imo. Accordingto the Japanese Wikipedia, one story says that once upon a time, there was theconfectionary store in front of Tokyo University, selling fukashi-imo, steamedsweet potatoes. In Taisyo Era, 100 years ago from today, students at Tokyo Universitywere such a big fan of daigaku-imo that was affordable and perfect for hungrystudents. By the way, daigaku means university and imo is sweet potato.

The anotherstory says that Waseda University also claimed that their students were theones that made daigaku-imo popular. No concrete evidence remained to provewhich university was the birthplace of daigaku-imo. *Daigaku-Imo(for 2-3)*Benefitsfor: constipation, loss of appetite,filling yang qi (positive energy) 2 sweet potatoes (medium size)
1 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (optional, not added here)

  1. Wash up sweet potatoes and leaveskin on. Cut into rectangular stripes (about 1.5cm stripes).
  2. Microwave striped sweet potatoeswith sprinkle of water for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Heat oil on a pan, place stripes,and bake each side of stripes gently. Stop the heat and transfer stripes onto aplate.
  4. In another pan, add water and sugar(if you want to add soy sauce, add now). Caramelize the water (Caramelizingmeans here that you don’t need to make an exact caramel. If this caramel-like sauceis too sticky and too tough, it would be very hard to cover stripes later inthe pan).
  5. Add baked stripes and cover stripeswith caramel-like sauce.
FYI, adding soy sauce will enrich thesweetness of caramel-like sauce and become a more savory type of snack. Blacksesame seeds can be a great garnish on the top of daigaku-imo, which I didn’thave at moment, unfortunately.

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