I bought some 甘梅地瓜 (gān méi dì guā), or just 地瓜 (dì guā), and this is what I got:


They seem to be sweet potato fries. I'm wondering how 甘梅地瓜 translates into "sweet potato fries"?

Google indicates that 地瓜 means "sweet potato", although I always thought that was 红薯 (hóngshǔ). I'm not familiar with 甘梅, and Google translates it to "Gan Mei".

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甘 = sweet

梅 = plum

地瓜 = sweet potato

From the photo, "Fried Sweet Potato with sweet plum powder"

Edit: Thanks for others' correction.... 地瓜 may also mean other types of potato or other taro, depending on the region.

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    In southern regions of China, "甘" is the taste of Glycyrrhiza uralensis ( Chinese liquorice) and also refers to the after-taste of many herbal medicine. Hence, "甘甜" is not simply sweet, but a combination of sweet flavours and sensation.
    – Henry HO
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 7:21

Like Henry Ho explained, 甘梅地瓜 does not mean sweet potato fries.

Actually, 地瓜 may not mean sweet potato; it can be taro (山芋) too, depending on different regions.

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