Many K-pop stars own cafes in Korea, from the AOMG Jay Park Café Dudart (카페두다트) in Apgujeong (압구정) to G-Dragon’s Café Monsant De Aewol (몽상드애월) in Jeju Island, there is an abundance of these cafes to see and visit in Korea. The cafes all vary in design and boast an array of different menus but one common and loved item on each menu is the famous sweet potato latte or 고구마 라떼.
Sweet potatoes are a staple ingredient in the Korean diet and are used in a much more versatile way than in the west. Sweet potatoes can be found baked into bread, on pizza, roasted in honey or simply steamed and eaten as they are. So, too, are they loved for their yummy taste whilst being low in calories and a great slow-burning carb substitute for starchy white potatoes.
The latte is made using purple sweet potatoes, which are the most common type of sweet potato found in Korea. You can usually find this type of sweet potato at your local Asian supermarket, but if you can’t find them, you can substitute for any other sweet potato.
The latte is really simple to make with only three ingredients; Sweet potato, milk, and sugar. Simply blend it all up and it’s ready. For a healthier version you could switch out the sugar for a natural sugar alternative like stevia or honey. For a vegan option you can use your preferred milk alternative (for example almond milk) and stevia.
- 1 cup Korean sweet potato, steamed, peeled, and broken into small-sized chunks
- 2 cups hot whole milk (or almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or stevia)
- Ground cinnamon (optional)
To steam the sweet potato, first wash the potato and make small holes all over with a fork. Then, place the potato into a microwaveable bowl or pot, and put a small amount of water in the bottom. Place a lid with a hole on top, or place the lid off-center (to allow steam to escape). Set the timer for around 8 minutes depending on the size of the sweet potato. When you can easily pierce the sweet potato with a fork and it feels soft inside, the sweet potato is ready.
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and frothy – for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top if desired.
AOMG Jay Park Café Dudart (카페두다트) (Eng) Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Apgujeong-ro, 48-gil, 34 (Kor) 서올 강남구 압구정로 48길 34
Café Monsant De Aewol (몽상드애월) (Eng) 56-1 Aewolbukseo-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea (Kor) 제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 애월북서길 56-1
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