Obtaining quality ingredients is often the first step in creating a successful dish. For me, sourcing high quality ingredients oftentimes simply comes down to buying what’s in-season. Taking advantage of what the season has to offer allows me to find fresher, more flavorful ingredients for less money out of pocket.
I was grocery shopping in Chinatwon yesterday and came across a winter produce stand on canal street. The fresh Chinese yam (山药) really stood out among other vegetables being displayed so I bought two pounds. On my way home, the idea of making a sautéed Chinese yam came to my mind.
About this recipe
This recipe teaches you how to cook sautéed Chinese yam with soy sauce, a popular Japanese home-style dish. Because Chinese yam is high in fiber and low in calorie, it’s perfect for people on a diet. Similar to carrot and daikon radish salad I previously shared, this recipe is another appetizer or side dish you can make in about 10 minutes!
I took a picture of the Chinese yam, this is how it looks if you are not familiar with it. It normally comes in a long tubular shape and requires peeling before cooking. Unlike other yams, it’s a bit sticky inside. I recommend using a kitchen glove to handle or washing your hand immediately after dealing with it. Chinese yams are typically in season during the fall and winter. They are inexpensive and wildly available in Asian grocery stores. Because they’re rich in protein and vitamins, they’re considered very healthy. As for taste, Chinese yam is mild with a hint of sweetness.
Making this dish is incredibly easy! After peeling the Chinese yams, I cut them into 1/2-inch slices and pan fried with oil for a few minutes until both sides are browned. When cooked through, the yams will turn slightly translucent from white with a slight crunchy texture. A little bit of soy sauce goes a long way in flavoring the Chines yam. As a matter of fact, this is the only seasoning needed.
I like to serve the Chinese yams on a bed of lettuce and sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds sprinkled on top. I hope you enjoy making this recipe and thank you for stopping by!
- 1 6-inch long Chinese yam, peeled and cut into ½-inch thick slices
- 1 tablespoon oil
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- roasted sesame seeds
- Heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering, add a pinch of salt to the oil.
- Carefully add the Chinese yam into the pan, sauté a few minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.
- Pour soy sauce onto the yam slices and continue cooking another 30 seconds.
- Transfer to a small plate, sprinkle on top roasted sesame seeds to serve.
When cooked through, the Chinese yam will turn slightly translucent.