Imokenpi : Classic Japanese Sweet Potato Snack with a Sugar Coating

When it comes to potato snacks, potato chips are standard and widely enjoyed in the world. Of course, they are popular in Japan as well, but in addition, there are several types of potato snacks in Japan that have been loved by Japanese people for a long time. Even among those, what I purchased this time is especially familiar to us Japanese.

Imokenpi (芋けんぴ)

The potato snack I bought today for this article is “Imokenpi (芋けんぴ)”, which is a classic Japanese sweet potato snack with a crunchy texture and an appearance like Karinto. Because of that, Imokenpi is also called “Imo Karinto (芋かりんとう)”. You might wonder what the Japanese word “Imo (芋)” means. Actually, in this case it refers to sweet potato, though “Imo (芋)” usually refers to potatoes in general.

These Japanese sweet potato strips, Imokenpi is made by cutting sweet potato into thin rectangular sticks, deep-frying the sticks in vegetable oil, and coating them with sugar syrup.

Due to the dried sugar glaze on the surface, Imokenpi has a hard, crunchy texture as well as being easily broken. Like these sticks, it often comes with black sesame seeds, which adhere to the surface of the sweet potato stick.

Imokenpi is a common, inexpensive Wagashi confection, so the Japanese sweet treat is available at many supermarkets in Japan. Besides, it is known as a specialty of Kochi Prefecture. If you are interested in Japanese snacks with a nostalgic taste, I think Imokenpi is a must-try.

The ingredients of Imokenpi

According to the description, the ingredient of the Imokenpi I purchased includes sweet potato, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, black sesame seeds, oligosaccharide, and salt.

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia 芋ケンピ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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