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Where to buy lotus roots

Hiko Ikeda Oct 2, 2002 02:52 PM

The following in today's San Jose Mercury News made me motivated to ask this question.

In which store can we purchase the best lotus roots in the Bay Area?

I never find the question on this board.

Link: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynew...

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    Yimster RE: Hiko Ikeda Oct 2, 2002 08:05 PM

    Hiko, you can buy the lutos root at most any Asian markets. You need to select the fresh ones.

    The question is how to know which one is fresh? If you are really lucky you get there while the Produce clerk is unloading a fresh crate. Otherwise you can follow these points:

    1. Look at the lutos root the ends, they should be clear and look like has recently cut. The older ones will be darker while the fresh ones will be bigth and clear.

    2, Check the lutos root body, it should be clean and not marked where it has been hit and nicked.

    After that it is petty easy.

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    1. re: Yimster
      Stanley Stephan RE: Yimster Oct 3, 2002 01:31 AM

      Wow, thanks for the tips about how to select lotus roots.

      I keep hoping that lotus root will be the next food trend. Can't you see the following recipe at say, Azie

      Baked Open-faced Free Range Chicken with Lotus Root


      Or how about some of those fancy places having lotus root chips instead of potato with burgers.

      I like the sound of this recipe amd the lotus root dumpling recipe below.

      Chicken in Sweet Potato & Lotus Root Soup


      The picture below is by the chines artist Qi Baishi. It is called Lotus root and cherry.

      Link: http://starchefs.com/kids/abcs/html/r...

      Image: http://chineseculture.about.com/libra...

      1. re: Stanley Stephan
        Hiko Ikeda RE: Stanley Stephan Oct 3, 2002 02:59 PM

        I know the combination of mirin and lotus roots is really great.

        1. re: Hiko Ikeda
          Stanley Stephan RE: Hiko Ikeda Oct 3, 2002 06:00 PM

          How do you combine them? Just a glass on the side?

          1. re: Hiko Ikeda
            zim RE: Hiko Ikeda Oct 4, 2002 09:31 AM

            I like lotus root quite a bit -it's used quite often in kashmiri food.

            I actually like it quite simply sliced and deepf fried quickly with a little salt counterpointing the natural sweetness of the root.

        2. re: Yimster
          Hiko Ikeda RE: Yimster Oct 3, 2002 02:57 PM

          Should we pick packed ones, soaked in water?

          Or dry, unpacked ones??

          1. re: Hiko Ikeda
            Yimster RE: Hiko Ikeda Oct 3, 2002 04:22 PM

            Lotus roots can be purchased two ways. One fresh from the ground and dry. These are fresher and better most of the time. You need to be able to tell it is fresh or have been damaged by poor handling. I like this way best.

            The other have been peel so what you see is what you get. They have also been treated with chemicals for a longer shelf life. The water and chemicals in the clear package will not add to good taste.

            Some time there are no fresh ones and the dish call for it as a garnish and taste is not that important. Then you can buy the package.

            1. re: Yimster
              Hiko Ikeda RE: Yimster Oct 5, 2002 07:08 PM

              Are they grown in the U.S.? I never see American farmers handle lotus roots.

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