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Fried Sweet Yam with Vegetables

Any Putien Fans here? (*waving my hands eagerly*)

I have a big yam (taro) sitting my fridge. Not sure what I can do with it. I got my hubby to buy it from the market last week because I saw a TV show featuring a delicious looking yam dish. I wanted to try making the dish however it requires fresh scallops and I could not get hold of them. Hence I decided to shelf the attempt.

This evening, as my hubby was grumbling about his growling stomach, I decided to make his favourite putien dish, Fried Sweetened Yam with Vegetables. As spontaneous as I can get, I chopped the yam into slices and sent them to steam. No recipe to refer to but memory of how the dish have tasted.... heheh!

When the dish was served, I haven't got the slightest idea if it tasted fine. I told my hubby that I will only take picture of it if it tasted good. So here you see.

When u bite into the yam pieces, it is crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside. It is sweet and yet salty. The vegetables also provide a strong fragrant that brings out the taste of yam. YAMMY!


500g Local Yam

1 Big Onion, quartered

1 Garlic, sliced

1/2 Green Capsicum, diced

1/2 Red Capsicum, diced


1/4 tsp Salt

1 tbsp Light Soya sauce

A dash White Pepper

Sugar coating

4 tbsp caster sugar

Ingredients for Yam Dough

500g Local Yam (Steamed and mashed)

2 tbsp Corn flour

1/2 tsp Five spice powder

1 tbsp Shortening

1/4 tsp Salt

Additional corn flour to coat dough


  1. Mix mashed yam and its ingredients.

  2. Shape the yam into small pieces using a teaspoon.

  3. Heat up a shallow pan, add 1 inch of cooking oil.

  4. Coat yam dough pieces with corn flour.

  5. Shallow fry the yam dough pieces at medium heat.

  6. Remove when all sides turned golden brown.

  7. In a frying pan with high heat, put in the fried yam dough pieces and sprinkle caster sugar. Flip the pan frequently to prevent burning of sugar.

  8. At the same time, in another frying pan, add in 1 tbsp of oil. Fry onions, garlic till fragrant and add capsicum. Add in seasoning.

  9. Add in sweetened yam dough pieces. Flip the pan.

  10. Serve hot.

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