Wednesday 15 June 2011

[Dessert] Sweet Potato Soup

I am sure you can easily find this common sweet soup available at most dessert stalls in Singapore. But are you willing to pay for the price ranging from  S$1.20 - S$2.50 just for a bowl of Sweet Potato Soup - 番薯汤 similar to this?

In fact you can cook this quick and easy sweet soup anytime of the day at your own comfort zone with just minimum ingredients required. But before you starts you have to take note of some tips to make it taste just as good as what you had from those dessert stalls.

The key point of this dessert is to control the sweetness of the soup and texture of the sweet potatoes. The soup base cannot be too bland or too sweet and as for the sweet potato it must not be overcooked or else it will be too soft and affect the overall taste of this dessert. And to enhance the taste of the soup, you can also add in a few slices of ginger and some dried longan for that extra spicy taste and fragrant.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
2 Orange Sweet Potatoes(番薯), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 Japanese Potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
Cane Sugar To Taste
2 - 3 Slices of Ginger, optional
1.8 Litres of Water
5 Pieces Pandan Leaves, tie to knot

1. Bring 1.8 litres of water to boil together with pandan leaves and ginger slices for about 3 minutes.

2. Add in all the potatoes and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes or until soft.

3. Lastly add cane sugar and stir till dissolved.

4. Remove from heat, ladle into serving bowl and serve warm.

I simply adore this sweet potato dessert which brings back a lot of my wonderful childhood memories where my mum and I used to patron a dessert stall outside the cinema area where we used to visit after our show for late night supper.


  1. Ohhh you are using Satsumaimo!  It's my favorite sweet potato!  I like Chinese soup dessert... so good.  I need to find Pandan Leaves.  You use them a lot for your cooking.  This one looks delicious Ellena!

  2. Oh yes, that's my favorite way to cook the sweet potato soup.  So good!

  3. Nasi Lemak Lover16/6/11 3:12 pm

    this is one of my family favourite!

  4. This is beautiful and looks so fragrant!

  5. i love this dessert - i even can make this as the main dish hihihi :)

  6. Hi, this is indeed an easy-to-do yet great-tasting dessert. But may I ask why did u need to combine 2 different types of sweet potato in dis recipe? Doing so enhances the flavour?

  7. Instead of cane sugar, I added gula melaka and a handful of dried red dates for a more fragrant soup.


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