Monday, 20 January 2014

Roast Sweet Potatoes 烤番薯

Roast Sweet Potatoes 烤番薯

Recipe source : Doris Choo of Sumptuous Flavours

Oh, I just got to share this. These sweet potatoes are simply awesome!. Just scrub them clean and put them into the oven to bake. The strong aroma emitting from the oven will tell you when the sweet potatoes are done!

My family has been feasting on these for the past few days!. In between baking cookies, the oven was stuffed with these sweet potatoes. You may think I am crazy! But let me assure you, they are really good! So sweet, naturally sweet and so very fragrant, especially when it is still warm. But  then you really must find varieties which are good and check that outwardly they are blemish-free.

These hot potatoes brought back memories of us eating freshly roasted sweet potatoes bought from the night market during one cold winter in Taichung, Taiwan. The vendors baked the sweet potatoes in large metal drums using charcoal. I remember we were able to eat them while still very hot because we were freezing at the night market! It felt so good to hold the hot roasted potatoes in our palm in the freezing cold!

How to choose fresh sweet potatoes

If the sweet potatoes feel rock hard when you press them, then they are fresh. Those that are past their prime usually have a soft feel to it and are slightly wrinkled. Also, check both ends of the sweet potatoes to make sure they are not soft and wrinkled.


Sweet potatoes, any reasonable amount.

The red-skinned ones have yellow flesh, 
while the orange-skinned ones have orange flesh. Both varieties were imported from Indonesia and I bought them from NSK trade city, Selayang.


1.  Scrub the sweet potatoes with a brush.
2.  Cut of the wilted ends.
3.  Bake or grill in a hot oven at 220 degree C
4.  Baking time depends on the size of the sweet potatoes. For me, I used between 20 to 30 minutes on each side.
5.  Use a skewer or chopstick to pierce the sweet potato. If it goes through easily, then it is done.
6.  Anyway the awesome smell emitting from the sweet potatoes more or less tells you when it is done! 

Simply awesome!
Naturally sweet and so very fragrant!
Eat them while they are still warm


  1. Hello Doris, usually we steam the sweet potatoes but roasting them sounds good too! :)

    1. Hi Yen, I prefer roasted ones to steamed ones.

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