Little Edo’s Specialty Sweet Potatoes in 3 Tasty Varieties are a Must-Try When Visiting Japan!
One of the reasons why tourists come to Japan is to experience the country’s culture as well as the local cuisine.
If you have been to Japan, you may have noticed that the country is divided into both traditional and modern aspects.
Keeping up with the times, but still maintaining their original and authentic culture.
Located less than an hour from Tokyo is an old historical town called Koedo or Little Edo in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture.
Visiting the town will bring you back to the past as it retains its old Edo culture.
In addition to the traditional atmosphere, you shouldn’t miss the local cuisine that Little Edo is famous for.
Kawagoe, where Little Edo is situated, is known as the “City of Sweet Potatoes” as their popular specialty in the town is sweet potatoes (or ‘satsuma-imo’ as they are called in Japanese).
In the past, sweet potatoes were considered to be a staple food due to scarcity during and after the war and they could be easily cooked just by steaming or roasting.
Nowadays, there are a variety of dishes being served by local shops in Kawagoe and here are some that are definitely worth trying.
Imo Koi is a sweet available at Kasho Umon that you can easily eat while walking in Little Edo.
It contains sweet potato and red bean paste and is wrapped in yam and sticky rice flour.
You can also opt to buy these as souvenirs and serve it with matching tea.
Imo Okowa is steamed sticky rice with sweet potatoes and stem of sweet potatoes.
It is tasty and you could enjoy the different textures of the sticky rice and the steamed potatoes.
The sweet potato stems are also salty and it adds a rich flavor to the whole dish!
It is also served at Kasho Umon where imokoi is available and every morning, they cook fresh imo okowa that visitors can take away or eat at the restaurant.
Murasaki Imo Udon
Murasaki imo are Japanese purple sweet potatoes.
Murasaki imo udon is served at Okanoya Shokudo.
Udon is a noodle dish that can be perfectly eaten in either the hot or cold seasons.
Originally, udon was made with wheat flour.
However, in Kawagoe, the imo udon is made with murasaki imo or purple sweet potatoes, thus making the noodles have a purple color and a bit sweeter in taste.
There are many other things you can do and try out in Little Edo.
And aside from the sweet potato dishes mentioned above, there are also other varieties of sweet treats to try in the area.
If you’re visiting Japan or Tokyo in particular, make sure to make a side trip visit to Little Edo for its historic culture and try out their delicious specialty food!