Make your own candied sweet potato bites, or daigaku imo, with this easy recipe. Made from sweet potato pieces covered in a sweet/savoury sauce of sesame oil, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar, daigaku imo (translating to 'university potatoes') are a favourite snack among university students, particularly during the autumn months. Enjoy these tasty treats as the nights draw in.
First, wash your sweet potato with clean water and cut it into 2cm long chunks. Soak in water and microwave for 4-5 mins until soft.
Grab a frying pan and add the sesame oil, the sugar, the soy sauce and the vinegar. Simmer on low heat for about 30 seconds until the sugar dissolves.
Add the sweet potato chunks and let them cook for about 2 minutes on each side until crispy.
Once the chunks have caramelised, remove from the heat and sprinkle with the black sesame seeds. Serve warm or room temperature.