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The hunt for Sweet Okinawan potatoes and dishes

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The hunt for Sweet Okinawan potatoes and dishes

jenofkuo | Sep 27, 2006 08:10 AM

Anyone know of any good places that serve Sweet Okinawan potatoes, also known as beni imo (and I’m not talking about ube or taro)? Last year I was in Kauai and my friend’s aunt had bought some Sweet Okinawan potatoes from the local farmer’s market and she had boiled them and gave them for us to eat and they were SOOO good. Now I’m on a hunt to find places where I can buy them as well as eat them in various forms. Is Hawai’i and of course Okinawa, the only place I can get these tasty suckers?

Recently I had gone to Ikko in Costa Mesa and it was on their menu. It was tasty but so far having them plain is good enough for me. I also read that Mushu has it on their menu. I did some goggling and I heard in Okinawa, they even serve it as an ice cream flavor (pardon the drool). Also found recipes where folks had made it into pancakes and pies. Is there some Hawaiian or Japanese/Okinawan places that serves these babies? Or can some Hawaiian or Okinawan auntie open up a restaurant to keep me happy. ;p

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