Food Lifestyle

Glazed Sweet Potato Recipe

Glazed Sweet Potato, Matang (마탕) is a traditional Korean way of enjoying sweet potatoes. It’s chunks of fried sweet potato coated in a translucent brown syrup. They are sweet and super crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside! It is a dish that can be served as a snack or dessert. In the streets of Myeongdong in Seoul, you can find vendors selling glazed sweet potatoes in cups.

Sweet potato (Goguma) has been used by Koreans for centuries. As a hardy and easy crop to grow, they were favoured after the war to save many lives from famine. These day Koreans enjoy sweet potato in many ways: deep-fried, roasted, steamed, baked in bread, topped on pizza, and much more. Sweet potato is also very popular as a diet food, as it is filling yet low in calories and high in fibre.

This is another easy recipe, but making good coating syrup is a little tricky and takes skill. Well made matang will look like shiny candy.

©matang, 13.05.2018,

©Matang, 13.05.2018,


  1. 1 pound of sweet potato
  2. 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup White Sugar
  4. Black sesame seeds


  1. Peel the sweet potato.
  2. Rinse it in cold water and dry it with a paper towel or cotton cloth.
  3. Slice it into chunk like wedges, about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick.
  4. In a thick bottomed pan, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil spread the oil by moving the pan around.
  5. Sprinkle ¼ cup of white sugar on over the oil evenly.
  6. Heat it up over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  7. When the sugar starts melting, lower the heat and simmer about 7-8 minutes more, until the sugar turns into a golden-brownish syrup.
    *tip: Never stir the syrup with a spoon; spread it by moving your pan.
  8. Layout a non-stick sheet of baking parchment.
  9. Add the fried sweet potato to the syrup in the pan. Gently mix to coat the potato chunks in the syrup.
  10. Sprinkle some black sesame seeds over top.
  11. Transfer the potato to the parchment sheet. Leave a gap between each potato piece so that they don’t stick to each other.
  12. When the coating cools down and becomes solid, transfer to a serving bowl.


Molly Goode

Unashamedly a giant nerd and bibliophile. Obsessing over Korea has become my life. <3



what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us on Instagram!

  • Craving refreshing sweet, sour and spicy 🌶 cold noodles! One of those meals that cool you from inside out ahhh~ ❄️
  • Eep !!! As promised, here’s the sneak peek!😧😧 who’s excited?? We can’t wait for you to receive the MUSIC 🎶 BOX! Wonder if you can spot which K-pop idols we picked to transform into cute chibis~?! 💖 Subscribe at - don’t miss it!
  • Let us know your recommendations! We want to add to our playlist! 🎧
Also! Sneak peeks dropping today, so look out on our ig story! We’ve got some really cool things to show you in our MUSIC box 🤭😍
  • Beautiful Han River by Mangwon area! Han River has so many beautiful sides at different spots. We really could never get sick of it! 🚲 Who’s visited Han River before?
  • Is it Summer where you are? ☀️ it makes us crave anything fruity and juicy... this shaved ice mango dessert is something we are always craving!! 😋🤭
  • Let’s be honest... 🤭😁
  • Cooling off with a chocolate and hazelnut ice shake at Cafe Sun in Hongdae! Yum yum 😋 ~
  • Have you been keeping up? 😄Since our new theme of the month is MUSIC 🎵 We thought we’d celebrate by sharing with you our favourite K-pop idol styles! Our team picked the following 2 - V from BTS fresh from #FakeLove and Ashley from Ladies’ Code! 🤩 Now you can shop their pretty earrings in our shop >