Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Sweet Potato Specialist

Before the Chinese New Year ends, I thought it would be apt to have a post with an orange theme- the colour, not the fruit, that is.

The only sweet potato snack specialist in Singapore that I know, The Sweet Potato Place, kindly sent this hungry cow some vouchers to sample their offerings. Although the food items were provided at no charge, there were no strings attached and thehungrycow is not inclined to do any publicity for them in exchange. But after tasting their food, I think I ought to share my experience about their delicious sweet potatoes and to also provide some form of feedback to the stall.

The Mashed Sweet Potato ($2) brought to mind the popular Teochew dessert, Orh Nee (yam paste). Soft, warm and sweet, it had a coarser, slightly drier texture which was a refreshing change to the usually smooth (read oily) Orh Nee. The coconut milk on top gave it added richness in the mouth.

For a healthier alternative to French fries, try the Sweet Potato Fries ($2). Healthier because sweet potato is nutritionally more enriched than potato. But being deep-fried, it probably has the same side-effects (making people grow side-ways). The batter was a bit too thick for my liking but otherwise, it was yummy! Another interesting take on the normal fries.

Sweet Potato Rolls ($2) look like the the usual springrolls but with a sweet potato filling inside. Eat them quick when the golden skin is still crisp as it turns a bit stodgy after a while.

The filling inside seems to be purely mashed sweet potato. It would be interesting to see what a small pat of butter and some paprika or cinammon would do in the filling.

For those who prefer to slurp up their carbos, The Sweet Potato Place also offers a range of milkshakes- Sweet Potato Milkshakes of course. Opting for the original flavour ($3), the sweet potato taste was unmistakable but seemed to clash with the milk. I didn't quite take to this although some of my friends seemed to enjoy it. Maybe smoothies would work better for me.

Lastly, the main star of the stall would have to be the Roasted Sweet Potato ($1.25/100g). I was told the tubers are all imported from Taiwan before being slowly roasted in ceramic ovens here. The roasted sweet potatoes were moist, sweet and had a lovely aroma. A pity that there wasn't any of that smokey hint that one gets from charcoal-barbequed sweet potatoes. Perhaps smoking them with woodchips would result in an added flavour/aroma dimension.

Do what I did and pop the sweet potatoes into the oven for a more intense sweetness and caramelisation. Delicious!

The Sweet Potato Place (other branch in Lau Pa Sat)
Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6235 7303
Delivery: 6742 1212

Chew On This: Sweet potatoes are a rich source of nutrients, providing complex carbohydrates, vitamins A, Bs, C and E, beta carotene, iron, calcium and dietary fibre! And they contain zero fat and no cholesterol. In addition, because of its low glycemic index, it keeps one satiated for a longer time. Sweet potatoes- what a powerhouse food!


Anonymous said...

Interesting..! maybe i should make some myself.. ;)

Anonymous said...

cool! can they send me some vouchers too? lol

The Hungry Cow said...

mama bok: And I think it'll be good food for your baby bok choi! Erm...baby girl I mean! :)

ladyironchef: I don't control these things man. :p Go give them a shot.

JOjo said...

Located just below my church but never try lei, seems expensive!

The Hungry Cow said...

jojo: It's rather different from the usual snacks. Share with some friends then it'll be cheap to try the items. :)

The Hungry Cow said...

jojo: It's rather different from the usual snacks. Share with some friends then it'll be cheap to try the items. :)