This popular Filipino Kamote Cue showcases the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes and is perfectly coated with caramelized brown sugar.
What is Kamote Cue?
Kamote Que/Camote Cue is a popular Filipino street food that features sweet potatoes (known as "kamote" in the Philippines). Kamote cue is usually skewered, then deep fried, and finally coated in a sticky caramelized brown sugar.
Street vendors often sell this and also Banana Cue in the afternoon and is enjoyed by all ages. The delightful combination of soft, sweet and slightly crispy textures create a perfect treat.
- Sweet Potato: we are using Japanese sweet potato for this recipe.
- Oil: use any neutral oil like vegetable, canola or sunflower oil.
- Sugar: this recipe uses brown sugar for dark color. I highly recommend brown sugar.
How to make it
Step 1. Peel and slice sweet potatoes.
Step 2. Deep fry sweet potatoes until tender and set aside.
Step 3. In the same pan, add brown sugar and melt for 1-2 minutes.
Step 4. Return fried sweet potatoes in the pan and gently coat with the caramelized brown sugar in the pan.
Step 5. Drain and let it cool.
- Choose the right sweet potatoes that are firm, fresh, and have vibrant orange flesh.
- Slice the sweet potatoes into even-sized rounds to ensure consistent cooking time.
- Do not over crowd pan, deep fry in batches if needed.
- Make sure the oil temperature is properly maintained and adjust the heat to low to prevent the sugar from burning.
- Remove sweet potatoes from the oil as soon as the sugar caramelizes without becoming too dark otherwise it will taste bitter.
Caramelized Sweet Potato, typically served on bamboo skewers. Just simply insert bamboo skewers through the center of each sweet potato round, making sure they are secure and won't fall off. Or you can also just serve them on a serving plate.
Yes, you can use other types of sweet potatoes. Feel free to pick any color you like as well.
They're good when they are fresh and hot for nice crisp texture. I suggest to cook them and served right away.
I highly recommend to use brown sugar for this recipe for more authentic Camote Cue.
More Filipino Snacks
- 2 lb. sweet potato
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oil
- Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into round slices about half-inch thick.
- Heat oil in a pan and deep fry sweet potatoes for about 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender. Remove the fried sweet potatoes from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add brown sugar to the hot oil and melt until it turns into caramel. Return the sweet potatoes to the hot oil and coat well with the brown sugar glaze.
- Once the sweet potatoes have reached the desired caramelization, remove them from the oil and place them on a wire rack or paper towel to drain off excess oil. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving. (See Note 1) to serve on a skewers.