Okinawan Soup with Purple Sweet Potatoes
Purple sweet potatoes are incredibly common in Japan, particularly in the southern parts of Japan. Okinawa is one of the most beautiful regions in Japan, and it is also where the purple sweet potato grows. Seeing, as the tubers are so abundant in the area, the people of Okinawa have come up with a unique recipe for sweet potatoes that is nearly a dessert soup. It is a soup that is partially sweet and partially savory, and all in all it is a delicious dish that any restaurant would be proud to serve. The best part is that it is fairly easy to prepare, and using the Beni Imo sweet potatoes will make it completely authentic.
The recipe laid out below calls for the Okinawan Beni Imo sweet potatoes to be cooked in a potato soup, but you can use regular sweet potatoes if the Beni Imo potatoes are not available. The potatoes are boiled in milk and chicken stock, and a few spoonfuls of cream are added to make the soup even richer and more flavorful. By adding a bit of butter, some garlic, and onions for flavor, and a pinch of curry powder, the resulting dish is one that is guaranteed to delight your senses.
The best thing about this Okinawan purple potato soup is that it is so easy to make. Whipping up this simple soup requires very little work on your part, as you only need to let the potatoes cook for a long time in the milk and chicken broth before pureeing in a food processor or with a stick blender. The recipe is quite easy to follow, and all in all this Okinawan soup is one of the easiest soup recipes that you can find. The only difficult part will be to get your hands on the Japanese Beni Imo potatoes, but you can always use sweet potatoes in a pinch.
- 3 large Beni Imo potatoes
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of chicken flavoring
- 3 cups of whole milk
- ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream
- 3 ounces of butter
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of curry powder
- To begin, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into slices no thicker than an inch or two. This will allow them to boil much more quickly.
- Chop the garlic, and fry it in a sauce pan along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the garlic is browned, add the curry powder into the sauce pan. Fry the garlic and curry powder in the butter until the garlic is sweated, and add the water to the pan.
- Add the sweet potatoes into the soup, and place a lid on the pot to let the soup cook until the potatoes are soft.
- Add the chicken flavoring to the soup, and let it cook for a few more minutes. Add the milk as well, and keep the fire simmering as the milk heats up.
- Once the milk is boiling gently, use a stick blender to blend the food or use a food processor to puree it. Make sure there are no lumps of potato in the soup, and return it to the pot.
- Let the soup reheat for a few minutes, and only turn down the heat to simmering once the soup begins to boil again.
- minutes before you serve the soup, stir in the heavy cream to add the flavor to your soup.
This simple soup is actually quite tasty, and it is a great way to make a Japanese dish without having to spend hours rolling sushi or preparing fried rice. In the end, the soup your end up with is slightly sweet thanks to the potatoes and fairly savory thanks to the other ingredients. The milk and cream enhance the rich flavors of the soup, and your Japanese dish is ready to be served. You will find that Japanese sweet bean cakes or rolls are the perfect food to serve with this simple soup, and will make a perfect complement for the slightly sweet dish. All in all, this is a simple soup that is easy to make and is very tasty.
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