Fandom Foodie: Goku's Sweet Power Potatoes / by Alex Boake

"It's my stomach, I'm hungry." -Goku, Dragonball.

Now, I used to watch Dragonball and Dragonball Z myself, but I wouldn't exactly call myself a fanatic. However, I do happen know a true fan quite boyfriend, Mike! So, I asked him to give me his DBZ elevator pitch! In his words:

"I'm not even sure what it is that I like about Dragon Ball Z... It's action-packed, has super-powerful characters that can blow up worlds, magical dragons that grant wishes, a talking pig and a pure-hearted main character who takes on every type of opponent in the universe! The series is simply a classic and everyone should check it out!"

There you have it, folks! What's not to like about that? Of course, they do spend a lot of air time 'powering up', so if you want to check the series out, and skip all that, you can also watch the fan-made 'abridged' version, which is of course, very very accurate! ; )

In the show, when the characters are beaten to a bloody pulp, and need a second wind, they eat Senzu Beans. Now, we don't do beans around here, so instead I would recommend to Goku to try some Sweet Potatoes as his post-villain beating recovery food. Plus, they're orange and round like Dragonballs! Wowza~

Goku's Sweet Power Potatoes

Serves 5 to 6 as a side.

Difficulty Level Easy Mode


  • 4 or 5 Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Directions Preheat oven to 350.

Peel the Sweet Potatoes, and rinse them off. Slice into half inch thick disks, or a bit thinner if you prefer them more on the crispy side. Toss them with the Olive Oil, 5 Spice Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Peppers until they are well coated with the seasonings.

Take a metal tray or two, and lay them out so that they all have contact with the pan. Pop into the oven and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes. After that time, take them and flip each one over, again making sure that they aren't on top of each other.

Cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, until they are soft on the inside, and the seasonings become a bit crispy on the outside.

You could get crazy and serve these with a mayo-based dipping sauce, but I like to eat them all on their own. Enjoy!