Candied sweet potato

Mattang 맛탕

Mattang is a delicious, easy to make sweet that’s chunks of sweet potato coated in translucent hot brown syrup. They are super crunchy on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside.

It’s so simple and easy to make but freshly made mattang is really irresistible, with an amazing, loud crispy crunch but then so soft inside! When I was a kid me and my friends used to eat these all the time. After school we would stop by a snack bar and order mattang, tteokbokki, and fish cake soup. These three things went perfectly together because the tteokbokki was spicy so the fish cake soup was a nice counterbalance, and then the mattang was something sweet to top it all off. We would order these three things and keep cycling through bites of each until they were all gone and it was time to go home. We’d all pay an equal amount and then go home and have dinner! We always had room for delicious food!

I’ve been making this recipe for years and years. After I got married I made it for my own children, they just loved it. I originally posted a video for it in 2010, and it was time for a remake. I rewrote and tweaked the recipe and don’t worry, the original video from any of my remade recipes is always in the sidebar. All my videos are like my babies, never far from me!

Enjoy the recipe! I hope you make it for your friends and family for years to come!


Serves 3 to 4

  • 1 pound peeled and washed Korean sweet potato, roll cut into ½ to 1 inch thick pieces
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • cooking oil (vegetable, grape seeds, or corn oil) for making syrup and frying
  • 1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds (optional)mattang-sweet-potato-cut


First fry for the sweet potato:

  1. Heat 1½ inch cooking oil in a large pan over medium high heat until the temperature reaches about 340ºF. (I used 6 cups cooking oil in my 12 inch pan and heated it up for 12 minutes over medium-high)
  2. Gently add the sweet potato pieces to the hot oil. Fry them for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden or slotted spoon, until light golden brown.
  3. Use tongs or slotted spoon to take out the sweet potato pieces and put them into a stainless steel strainer over a bowl so they can drain. Turn off the heat and let them sit until the syrup is ready.potato first fry

Make syrup:

  1. Add about 2 tablespoons cooking oil to a skillet. Swirl it around to evenly coat.
  2. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the oil.sugar for syrup
  3. Heat up the skillet over medium heat. When the sugar starts melting after about 5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium low.
  4. Grab the handle of the skillet, lift it up and move it around so the sugar evenly melts in the oil. Don’t stir it, or it will crystalize. Keep moving and shifting the pan for another 2 to 3 minutes until all the sugar melts into to brownish syrup. Turn off the heat.melting sugar for mattangmattang syrup

2nd fry for the sweet potato:

  1. Reheat the oil for about 2 to 3 minutes until it reaches 340ºF. Add the fried sweet potato pieces and fry them for 1 to 2 minutes until crunchy and golden brown.mattang
  2. Use tongs or slotted spoon to take out the sweet potato pieces and put them into a stainless steel strainer over a bowl so they can drain. Turn off the heat.Second fry

Finish and serve:

  1. Reheat the syrup. Add the sweet potato and mix with a wooden spoon until they are totally covered in the syrup. Sprinkle the black sesame seeds over top. coating the mattang in syrup
  2. Remove from the heat and transfer the sweet potato to a large baking sheet lined with a parchment paper.mattang cooling
  3. Leave a gap between each piece so that they don’t stick together. Let them cool down.separating mattang
  4. When the syrup hardens, transfer the mattang to a serving bowl and serve.

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  1. TidyBaa New Hampshire, USA joined 5/22 & has 1 comment

    I could barely stop myself from eating them all before I took a picture! This recipe is so easy and delicious, I can’t wait to make it for friends.

    Everyone: cooking sugar can be tough, but just go slow, be patient, and don’t touch it!!

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  2. Primalwalk Colorado joined 5/20 & has 18 comments

    First time making matang – and I used a wok (for the caramel sauce as well). You weren’t kidding when you said don’t touch the sauce!!! When I went to stir the goguma into the sauce, it instantly crystallized and I ended up scraping the wooden spatula with steel to get all the hard sugar off it (haha!). :-)

    Awesome meal! You’re the best!!!

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  3. mscool Malaysia joined 11/17 & has 1 comment

    Super easy and Superb delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Songimports US joined 3/15 & has 1 comment

    I just found your website and already super excited to make everything! My mom(korean)is an extremely good cook but an awful teacher, lol. Thank you for your recipes.
    I would love to take these to a party for my husbands family, at their house.
    Is there anyway to partially cook or prepare these ahead of time so that I can make them fast. I would like them to try it fresh and burn there tongue too;) it’s the best way to eat them hot!

  5. supertwins mom DC area, USA joined 1/09 & has 2 comments

    Dear Maangchi,
    This is my 3rd attempt. Sadly, the sauce is still turning out wrong. Could it be that I’m using the Splenda instead of regular sugar? It comes out too watery or in burnt chunks.
    I came to the U.S. when I was finished with 1st grade. Therefore, the few things I remember well about Korea are the foods. My girls had just made the Ppopgi and Hotteok during their snow days. (Thank you, by the way, for the recipes.)

  6. love merry miramar florida joined 12/13 & has 1 comment

    I love your channel so much <3 lol you can say that I'm addicted to it . I've tried to make a lot of your recipes but I only succeed in making 볶음밥 and 양념통닭 …. and today I will try 마탕 :) it look so yummy!

  7. iluvmaangchi Vancouver joined 8/13 & has 3 comments

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Maangchi!! I really enjoyed making it! – The only problem was that the sauce started to burn so it wasn’t as sweet, but it was still good! I’ll make it again and next time be sure to watch the sauce! :)

  8. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver joined 8/13 & has 9 comments

    i like eating this snack with milk

  9. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver joined 8/13 & has 9 comments

    thanks for the recipe!

  10. maangchisyummyfood Vancouver joined 8/13 & has 9 comments

    I am eating right know! It is so good! it turned out!

  11. YeonAh Montreal, Québec joined 5/11 & has 9 comments

    Hi Maangchi! :)

    When making the sweet potato fries, do you ever season them with anything or just leave them ‘plain’? I plan on making them as a side dish tomorrow, but my little brother might need some seasoning to try them because he doesn’t like sweet potatoes. My mom wants him to eat his sweet potatoes but he never does! Hoping he’ll like them better as crunchy fries :)

  12. janicedale Australia joined 2/12 & has 16 comments

    I love sweet potato because I used to eat this for substitute to rice. It is healthy and I feel full when I eat sweet potato. I know how to make this recipe it’s simple and very good appetizer or dessert. Is it okay to use vegetable oil or olive oil for more healthy recipe, since I am on a diet??

  13. Faleria345 United States joined 1/12 & has 1 comment

    Hey Maangchi, I just made these for me and my friend Mirei but the sugar coating didn’t harden on the sweet potato, i don’t understand what went wrong,

    the fries also came out kind of floppy instead of crunchy, i don’t normally fry things so i’m sure i did something wrong, i’ll try again though and do my best to make them into crunchy perfection.

    p.s. i love your recipes and korean food, thank you for showing us hoe to make them. :) Gamsahamnidad!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      “the sugar coating didn’t harden..” cook the coating syrup longer
      “the fries also came out kind of floppy instead of crunchy” cook them longer until crunchy

      Maybe your stove is not as strong as mine. Everybody’s stove has different heat, so you will need to adjust for that.
      Let me know the result if you make this again!

      Happy cooking!

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