There are so many things about Korea that I’ve wanted to share on this blog, but for some reason I never get around to it. Today, that changes.
Today’s topic is on Sweet Potatoes. Those sweet, soft, almost candied root veggies that we only put into our mouths when either our grandmothers or single aunts are around on the holidays (at least until we grow up).
They are orange in color and usually cook up to make EXCELLENT fries and can be a wonderful meat substitute.
However, Korean Sweet Potatoes…
…are WHITE! And extreeeeemely hard!
Here’s a story to illustrate why I’m so annoyed at Korean sweet potatoes.
One cold winter night, after having ate at least a pound of potatoes the previous week, I decided to get creative.
I tried to bake my sweet potato.
Most Korean kitchens do not come with an oven. I had to purchase a toaster oven off an ex-pat who was on their way home. It’s a little small but it usually does the job!
So I stuck my fattest sweet potato in the toaster and went off to watch QI or something. About an hour later (because I cannot be trusted to watch things in the oven) I came back, starving. I rescued my potato. I tried to cut into it.
It was still rock-hard!
Can you believe that I actually had to STEAM the potato after baking it for an hour? And yes, it was wrapped in foil and had been soaked in water first! Arg!
Moral of the story is, do not try to bake, fry, or eat your Korean Sweet Potato raw. It will not be good unless it is steamed. You can steam a whole bunch of them for about 30 minutes, stick them in the fridge, and stick ’em in the microwave at work the next day.
But creativity can only go so far with these tubers.
Here are some pictures of Korean sweet potatoes for your blogging pleasure, courtesy of Google:
Cute boy and giant sweet potatoes!
South Korean “Mr. Pizza” with a “Gold Ring” of Sweet Potato…as well as corn, bacon, and potato slices. Oh, and mayo. Mmm.
Most food in South Korea has a cartoon character that encourages you to eat it… this one is so happy/sad that he’s about to be peeled and eaten!
What better way to say “Happy Birthday!” than with a sweet potato cake?
A woman empathizes with my situation… baking sweet potatoes is such a beautiful thing…
Could this be the world’s largest?
Anyway, enough about potatoes. I’m getting hungry!
Have a great Monday!