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Apr 11, 2007 03:04 PM

Ideas for Lotus Root?

I impulse bought a bag of sliced and prepared lotus root at a Korean grocery store a few days ago, but I have no idea what to do with it! Does anyone have any ideas? I have a pretty well stocked pantry full of the staples of Asian cooking, but no clue what to do with these pretty, lacey slices of lotus root!

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  1. No clue except that recently at a restaurant I had lotus root chips - they were delicious and very pretty.

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    1. You can do a stir fry:
      Add a little bit of oil, lotus root, (some kind of meat: pork, seafood, chicken), celery or other veggie, and stir fry with wine and chicken broth

      You can also make a soup:
      Pork bones or lean pork meat, lotus roots, dried octopus and some dried scallops

      1. Odd that you bought it prepared.

        I liked this recipe:

        But be sure you adjust the seasoning and flavorings so that it is bright and not salty. Which can be trickier than it sounds. It sure is pretty, though. I like lotus roots.

        1. I don't have a recipe for it, but my favorite preparation for lotus root is served at certain Japanese restaurants in LA (I'm thinking Yabu for anyone who knows it). They serve it as a cold appetizer, seasoned with sesame oil and sesame seeds. It's really good.

          This recipe sounds quite similar, although I believe the preparation I had was without cilantro:

          1. Pork bones simmered with a few slices of ginger for several hours (remember to skim), then slices of lotus root added in the last half hour (cooking time varies) is a popular Chinese soup. I don't know how it would work with the cooked and bagged kind though.