Imokenpi : A Classic Japanese Sweet Potato Snack

When it comes to potato snacks, potato chips are standard and widely enjoyed not only in Japan but also around the world.

Additionally in Japan, there are several types of potato snacks that have been loved by people for a long time, and even among those, what I purchased this time is especially familiar to us Japanese.

Imo Kenpi (芋けんぴ)

Imo Kenpi

The potato snack I bought today for this blog article is “Imo-Kenpi (芋けんぴ)”, which is a classic Japanese sweet potato snack with a crunchy texture and an appearance like Karinto. Because of that, Imo-Kenpi is also called “Imo-Karinto (芋かりんとう)”.

At this point, you might wonder “What is the meaning of the Japanese word Imo?” Actually, in this case it refers to Japanese sweet potato called “Satsuma-Imo (薩摩芋)”, though “Imo (芋)” usually refers to potatoes in general.

Imokenpi Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Sticks

These sweet potato strips, Imo-Kenpi is made cutting Satsuma-Imo potato into thin rectangular sticks, deep-frying the sticks in vegetable oil, and coating the fry with sugar syrup.

Due to the dried sugar glaze on the surface, in addition to having a hard, crunchy texture, Imo-Kenpi is easily broken. Additionally, like these sticks, the Japanese sweet potato snack often comes with black sesame seeds adhering to the surface.

Where to Buy Imokenpi Sweet Potato Snack

Imokenpi is a common, inexpensive Wagashi confection, so the sweet treat is available at many supermarkets in Japan. Besides, it is also known as a specialty of Kochi Prefecture.

Ingredients in Imokenpi

Lastly, according to the ingredient list, the Imokenpi snack I purchased this time are made with Japanese sweet potato “Satsuma-Imo”, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, black sesame seeds, oligosaccharide, and salt.

(Reference page : Wikipedia 芋ケンピ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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