Candied Sweet potatoes is a simple Japanese snack food (some people serve it as a side dish too). Bite-sized sweet potato pieces are deep-fried, then tossed in a sticky syrup. The sweet potatoes are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s so delicious that you won’t be able to stop eating them.
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Cut the sweet potato into bite size pieces (note 1), then place them in a bowl filled with water. Leave it for 10-15 minutes (note 2).
Pat-dry the sweet potato pieces.
Deep-fry sweet potato pieces for 4-5 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through (note 3). Transfer them to a tray lined with a couple of kitchen papers. I fried in two batches.
Return the sweet potatoes back to the oil and fry until the surface of the potato pieces start getting golden (about 30 seconds).
Put the potatoes to the saucepan with a syrup and mix, ensuring that every potato piece is coated.
1. Traditionally, people apply ‘rangiri’ method (roll cutting) to cut the sweet potato into bit size pieces. This is because each piece will have more surfaces which means more syrup will stick to the piece. Since rangiri is suited for thin and long root vegetables, I quartered the sweet potato lengthwise to make long wedges, then applied rangiri.
You don’t need to cut your potato in my way. You can simply cut them straight into equal-length sticks. Alternatively, you can halve the sweet potato lengthwise, then cut into thick semi-circular discs.
2. This is to remove harsh after taste before cooking.
3. Put a thin bamboo skewer or a toothpick through the potato piece. If it gets through easily, the potato is cooked.
By lifting a piece, you can also judge if the ingredient is cooked or not. When the ingredient is cooked through, it feels very light when pick it up from the oil. This is because the water inside the ingredients comes out by deep-frying. But if you hardly deep-fry, this method may be a bit risky since you rely on the 'feeling'.
4. You can keep Candied Sweet Potatoes for a couple of days in the fridge, or in the freezer for 3 weeks. To defrost, leave them in the fridge to naturally defrost or you can even eat them half-frozen.
5. Nutrition per serving (3 servings). It is assumed that the oil absorption rate of sweet potato is 3% and ¾ of the honey syrup is consumed.
serving: 92g calories: 159kcal fat: 6.6g (10%) saturated fat: 0.8g (4%) trans fat: 0.1g polyunsaturated fat: 3.3g monounsaturated fat: 2.2g cholesterol: 0mg (0%) sodium: 85mg (23%) potassium: 275mg (8%) carbohydrates: 24g (8%) dietary fibre: 3.3g (13%) sugar: 11g protein: 2.7g vitamin a: 189% vitamin c: 2.8% calcium: 8.8% iron: 10%