Updated: September 06, 2019
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Delicious Sweet Potato Sweets You Need to Try in Tokyo!

Japanese sweet potatoes are a favorite comfort food. They are so versatile, as they can be eaten as a sweet or savoury dish! Here we will introduce the different ways to them as desserts in Tokyo. If you've never had them before, you're probably thinking: "sweet potato pie, how could that ever be good?" Trust me on this one, one lick and you'll be hooked. As for the other delicious sweet potato desserts. Are you ready to go on this "imo" 芋 (sweet potato) adventure.

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Daigaku imo (大学 いも)

"Daigaku imo" which literally means sweet potato university, it is said that it got its bizarre name because it was an incredibly popular snack during the early 1900's among University students as it is a cheap and nutritious snack.
The sweet potatoes are deep fried, then glazed in syrup or honey, and then sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Apart from fire oven baked sweet potatoes, this is probably the most popular way to eat them!

Sweet potato jelly (imo yokan/芋ようかん)

Sweet potato jelly is a traditional Japanese sweet that originated in Asakusa. It has a very smooth and creamy texture, and the natural taste of the sweet potato really comes out. You can eat it as is, or you can also grill it for a more caramely taste.

Sweet Potato

This dessert is called simply "sweet potato", but it is made with butter, milk and eggs. Basically it is mashed sweet potato mixed together with the ingredients mentioned above, the mix is then made into the shape of a sweet potato and is baked. Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the ingredients, it is super delicious!

Sweet potato pudding

Sweet potato puddings can be made with gelatin, milk and sugar. They are quite simple to make, yet delicious.
If you want to try eating it, the shop mentioned here (Yume No Mata Yume) doesn't use sugar or preservatives to make their delicious puddings. They only use natural ingredients and so it's a healthy cheat.

Sweet potato pie

This is very similar to an apple pie, but it is made with sweet potatoes too so it makes the pie even creamier. The pie mentioned above is a mix of apples and sweet potatoes, definitely a must-try!

Finally...

There are plenty of other ways to eat sweet potatoes as desserts in Japan, as specialties vary by region and by season. The best time to eat sweet potatoes is during the fall, and at that time it seems like every restaurant has a seasonal sweet potato dessert to try!

Here is an article featuring 5 shops in Tokyo with must-try sweet potato desserts:

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    Lili Wanderlust
    I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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