Kamote Cue is a typical Filipino Merienda or snacks that have been and still part of the street food culture, along with Banana Cue, Maruya, and Turon. It is simply Sweet Potatoes, deep fried with caramelized brown sugar then served on bamboo skewers. The reason for a Kamote Cue being on a skewer is that it is sold freshly cooked, therefore it is hot and skewers make it easier for customers to handle and eat because like what I mentioned, this is a street food.
In this recipe, I used Yams. Yams are sweeter and more tender than Sweet Potatoes, but of course, you can use whichever you’d like. Sweet Potatoes and Yams are very different in color. Yams have orange-red skin color while Sweet Potatoes have light yellow. The color of their meat are also different from one another. See the picture of the ones that I cutted up and placed in a bowl.
- 4 Yams
- ½ cup Brown Sugar (to start and more if needed)
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon (more if desired)
- 1½ cup Vegetable Oil
- 10 to 15 Bamboo Skewers
- Peel and cut yams then set aside.
- Add cinnamon to brown sugar then mix thoroughly.
- Heat oil on a deep frying pan over medium heat.
- Once oil is hot, add bout 2 tablespoon of Sugar/Cinnamon mix to the oil.
- Let the sugar caramelized and float on top of the oil.
- Add cut yams (don't overcrowd the pan) in batches.
- Cook yams for about 5 to 7 minutes. Slowly turning them to cook both sides and coat with caramelized sugar.
- Using a tong, place cooked yams on skewers then to serving plate.
- Garnish with powdered sugar (optional).
- It makes about 10 to 15 Kamote Cues, depending on the size yams.