Daigakuimo – Sweet potato with sesame and honey

Daigakuimo is a popular snack eaten in the Kanto and Tokyo areas. A direct translation is ‘university potato’ because it used to be popular among university students in the Tokyo regions. I love this dish as a snack, but I also cook it as a side dish. If your children don’t like vegetables…try this!



  • 1 mid-size sweet potato
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs sweet sake, mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbs honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tbs sesame or vegetable oil


1. Cut the sweet potato into to bite size chunks.

2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the sweet potato chunks. Mix well with the oil and spread so that the pieces are not on top of each other.

3. Add sugar, mirin, soy sauce and salt, put a lid on, and cook for about 10 minutes on a medium-low heat. Be careful not to burn the sweet potatoes.

4. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, add honey and sesame. Cook for another 2 minutes and it is ready to eat.


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