93 Nagaimo Yam, Red Date, and Sweet Olive in Honey Sauce * * *

93 Nagaimo Yam, Red Date, and Sweet Olive in Honey Sauce * * *

93 Nagaimo Yam, Red Date, and Sweet Olive in Honey Sauce * * *

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93 Nagaimo Yam, Red Date, and Sweet Olive in Honey Sauce * * *

INGREDIENTS (Single serving)

  • 2 cups of nagaimo yam, peeled and finely chopped
  • 21 red dates, soaked and pitted
  • 1 Tbsp of dried osmanthus flower/sweet olive/tea olive (the kind you use to make tea)
  • Rock or brown sugar, or honey, to taste
  • A tiny pinch of salt (an amount similar in size to a green bean)
  • 1/2 cup of water

DIRECTIONS

Step 1
Peel and chop the nagaimo yam. Put the sweet olive in a fine strainer/sifter and rinse under running water.
Step 2
Soak the red dates until they are soft. Thinly slice half of them and finely chop the other half.
Step 3
In a medium bowl (that will fit in a steamer) mix together the nagaimo yam, the chopped dates, and a little bit of brown sugar. Steam the mixture for 3 minutes and remove immediately. Don’t let it steam for a long time, otherwise the yam will turn yellow and mushy and not be any good to eat.
Step 4
While the yam and dates a steaming, heat half a cup of water in a small saucepan. Cook the slices of red date, the sugar, and the sweet olive. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. When the mixture becomes thick and concentrated, turn off the heat and stir in a tiny pinch of salt. This will ensure that the sweetness isn’t too overwhelming.
Step 5
Pour the red date and sweet olive mixture from Step 4 over the yam and date mixture from Step 3. Then serve. This dish is a sweet and nutritious winter snack.