Sweet potato is becoming a trendy sort of vegetable; it seems to be the darling of diet plans and new restaurants. But like most things, Japan was in on the sweet potato trend long before it was cool here. In Japan you can get your hands on slow baked sweet potatoes from street food vendors, which make the perfect winter snack, or you can get soft, sweet slices of it in curries and hotpots. Some sweet potato varieties popular in Japan are purple skinned too!
In this recipe however we'll be trying something a little different. Sweet potato becomes very soft, but if you want to make fries, you're likely going to want a little bit of crispness. Cooking sweet potato fries for a very long time in hot oil will give you a crispy coating, but due to their high natural sugar content they can quickly caramelise and burn. So instead of cooking for a long time, this recipe calls for giving your fries a crispy coating.
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