Daigaku-Imo (大学いも, College Sweet Potatoes)

 Daigaku Imo is one of the most popular Japanese snacks. It was originally sold near Tokyo University. I remember my mom cooked it for me.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (cut into random shapes)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 60 g of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of Sake (or white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons of black sesame


  1. Wash sweet potatoes well, and cut into random shapes. Put them in water for 10 minutes. Then drain the water.
  2. Put the oil in a large frying pan, then place the potatoes. Then, heat at medium high heat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn to medium-low heat, and deep fry until golden brown.
  4. Put soy sauce, sake, and sugar into a bowl and stir.
  5. Put them in a frying pan, and heat at low heat until it boils. Then, turn off the heat and put potatoes and sesame seeds into the frying pan to coat them with syrup.

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