I remember my first visit to Asia in 1990. As an American-born Chinese, my local hosts were eager (and proud) to show off big-city sights, sounds--and eats--of Beijing. Even though I was looking forward to authentic street food, perhaps a steamed buns or a big bowl of beef soup with handmade Chinese noodles? Instead I was escorted to...Kentucky Fried Chicken!? "It's the newest and busiest place in town--VERY expensive. One meal costs the equivalent of a month's pay!" my host explained, as I gasped in disbelief. Not wanting to offend, I accepted the royal visitor treatment. Even in America, I didn't eat at KFC. Luckily, I discovered that KFC Beijing offered a twist on the classic American menu with a nod to local palates--sweet potato fries with a dusting of ginger! This is my version with Korean Yams which are less moist and hold up better than traditional sweet potatoes under prime "chip" conditions!