Daigaku-Imo Style Sweet Potato Kinpira

Daigaku-Imo Style Sweet Potato Kinpira

Recommended for bentos! (Daikaku-imo or "university potatoes" are deep fried sweet potatoes with a sweet-salty glaze and sesame seeds. This kinpira stir-fry is flavored like daigaku imo.)

Ingredients: 2 servings

Japanese sweet potato
Note: The ratio is Sake 3: soy sauce 2: sugar 1
A. Sake
30 ml
A. Soy sauce
20 ml
A. Sugar
1 teaspoon
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
A small amount
Black sesame seeds
To taste


1. Slice the sweet potato about 1 mm thick. Put in a bowl of water to soak for a while. Make the other things to put in a bento box (or for dinner) in the meantime.
2. Drain the sweet potatoes and pat dry. Heat some sesame oil in a frying pan and stir fry the potato slices.
3. Add the combined "A" ingredients and continue stir-frying.
4. When there's no moisture left in the pan, mix in the honey and sesame seeds to finish. Just add a little bit of honey. If you don't have any honey you can add mizu-ame (sweet starch syrup), or nothing at all.
5. Floury, dense and delcious!
6. Great in bentos. You can make this in advance, so reserve some you make for dinner for bentos the next day.

Story Behind this Recipe

I bought a lot of sweet potatoes so I made kinpira.
They look colorful and are very nice in bentos.