Imokenpi: A Classic Japanese Sweet Potato Snack

When it comes to potato snacks, potato chips are especially popular and widely enjoyed around the world. In addition to the crisps, in Japan, there are several varieties of potato snacks that have long been loved, which include what I bought today for this blog article.

Imo Kenpi (芋けんぴ)

Imo Kenpi

The Japanese potato snack I introduce here is called “Imo Kenpi (芋けんぴ)”. In the name, “Imo (芋)” is the Japanese word for potato, and Imokenpi is made of sweet potato called “Satsuma-Imo (薩摩芋)”.

It is a classic Japanese sweet potato snack similar to Karinto sticks featuring a pleasantly crunchy texture. Because of that, Imokenpi is also called “Imo-Karinto (芋かりんとう)” and its basic recipe is like this.

Goma Imokenpi

These sweet potato sticks, Imo-Kenpi is made by cutting Satsuma-Imo potato into thin rectangular strips, which are deep-fried in vegetable oil, and candied with sugar syrup.

Imo Kenpi Sticks

Due to the dry sugar glaze on the surface, in addition to having a hard, crunchy texture, Imokenpi is easily broken, and as you can see in the photo above, it often comes with black sesame seeds.

Where to Buy

Imokenpi Japanese Candied Sweet Potato Sticks

Imokenpi is one of the most common, casual Wagashi confections, so the sweets are available at most supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan. Imo-Kenpi is known as a specialty of Kochi Prefecture, by the way.


Imokenpi Sticks Ingredients

Lastly, for those of you who are interested in the ingredients of this product, here is the list. According to that, the Imokenpi I purchased this time consists of Satsuma Imo sweet potato, 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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