Korean Sweet Potato TwiGim

고구마 튀김, GoGuMa TwiGim


Do you have any specific food that brings back good memories from your childhood? My mom used to cook delicious snacks for us when we were little. This Korean sweet potato snack was one of them. Since it is a deep-fried food, she did not make it often, which made us more excited when we had the rare chance to eat it. I remember begging her for a piece that just came out of the boiling oil because I could not wait any longer. lol… The funny thing is my son did the exact same thing even though he never ate it before. Maybe it was the delicious smell that made him want to try it so badly. We think he is a little too young to be eating deep fried foods, but someday he might get his own fond childhoods memories about this food as I did. Every now and then, I crave my mom’s Korean sweet potato twigim. Now, I can make it for myself and it is good enough to tame my desires for my mom’s twigim. ;)

Yield: 25 Pieces

Short Korean Lesson

  • GeoUl (거울) = Mirror
  • GeoMi (거미) = Spider

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb Korean Sweet Potato
  • ⅔ Cup Frying Mix (Batter)
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Frying Mix (Coating)
  • 3 Tbsp Potato Starch (or Cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp Sugar (Optional)
  • ⅛ Generous tsp Salt

Directions

 

Obtain 1 large Korean sweet potato (about 1 lb, 4-5 inches in length). Wash it good and remove any bad parts on the skin. Cut it into ¼-inch slices. You will get about 25 pieces. Korean sweet potatoes have a different taste and texture than American sweet potatoes. They are sweeter and have a firm texture. So please use Korean sweet potatoes for this recipe.

 

Sprinkle a generous ⅛ tsp of salt evenly on top of the sweet potato slices. Set them aside what you are preparing the batter. This will help boost the sweetness of sweet potato later. Preheat your oil on medium-high.

 

Combine ⅔ cup of frying mix, ½ cup of cold (or ice) water, 3 Tbsp of potato starch, and 1 tsp of sugar. Mix everything together. Frying mix is seasoned flour that is good for making batter for deep frying. You can find it in a Korean or Asian grocery store. Cold water is one of the secrets for getting crispy food. You can skip the sugar if you want.

 

Put ¼ cup of frying mix in a plastic bag and add the sweet potatoes. Shake the bag to coat the sweet potatoes with the frying mix. This will help the batter stick to the sweet potatoes better.

 

Dip the floured sweet potatoes into the batter. Cover both side of the sweet potatoes with the batter.

 

Drop a little bit of batter into the heated oil to check if the oil is hot enough. When the batter floats right away, the oil is ready. Put the battered sweet potatoes into the hot oil. Deep-fry them on medium or medium-high, depending on your stove’s power.

 

Fry them for 5-6 minutes, or until the sweet potato slices are completely cooked, and the outside is golden brown. The easy way to check if a slice is cooked is to poke the center of it with a folk or chopstick. If your chopstick go through smoothly, it is done.

 

Place some paper towels on a tray and put the fried sweet potato slices there to cool and loose some of the grease.

 

Some people dip the slices into a soy dipping sauce, however I prefer mine just plain. The sweet chestnut flavor of the sweet potatoes and nicely crisp outside make a great combination for both flavor and texture. They taste good both when they are warm or cold. If you can get some delicious Korean sweet potatoes someday, definitely try this. :)

Comments

  1. Lorraine says

    Would like the recipe for fried sweet potatoes. If there is a different name for them, I apologize for not using the correct recipe. I saw the recipe on line at a friends house and was really impressed. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the recipe. Please send to my email address. Thank you so much!

    • Lorraine says

      Would like fried sweet potato recipe.
      Thank you so much.
      Lorraine :wink: The tip of what type of oil you use to fry them in from another post was helpful also.
      Lorraine

  2. Katherine Yu says

    This recipe is perfect! I am looking for sweet potato recipes but almost all of them needed to be baked and I don’t have an oven. I love your website! I’ll let you know how this works out. Thanks Aeri!

  3. Anna says

    Hi Aeri, thanks for your great recipe posts. What kind of oil do you use to deep fry for this recipe? Thanks!

  4. golden says

    thank you for posting all of this…coz i really want to learn how to cook korean food esp. now im here in korea…very thankful bcoz it’s english.. :smile:

  5. Richard Blaine says

    Hi Aeri!,

    How RU? I hope well! You know me I just LOVE Korean food and these sweet potatoes is just another one of your recipes that I know I am just going to love and I am going shopping after work today to get some sweet potato at my local Korean market!

  6. Amira Red says

    One of my favorite Korean street foods! Thanks so much for posting this one. I can’t wait to try it!

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