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Kinpira Renkon – Stir Fried Lotus Root

Lotus roots are considered neutral in nature, and raw lotus roots are yin, or cooling, which according to Chinese medicine helps to restore balance into your body.  

What does lotus root taste like?

The taste is very mild with a slightly sweet flavour. The crunchy texture can be compared to celery or raw potatoes and although lotus root softens after cooking or steaming it will always keep its crunchiness.

Kinpira Renkon - Stir Fried Lotus Root

Today we make a classic Asian preparation and stir-fry the lotus root with soy sauce. Although it is easy to pair it with other crisp vegetables such as asparagus, carrots or snow peas, we like to keep it simple and let the lotus root be the hero of the dish! 

As much as this dish is traditionally Chinese, it is also a Japanese delicacy which is called Kinpira Renkon.

Also read our other Chinese recipes.

Kinpira Renkon - Stir Fried Lotus Root

Kinpira Renkon – Stir Fried Lotus Root

As much as this dish is traditionally Chinese, it is also a Japanese delicacy which is called Kinpira Renkon.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 82 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Chopping board
Wok pan
Wok spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pcs sliced lotus roots
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp corn starch
  • 1 ½ tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2-3 pcs minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp sliced spring onions
  • 1 tbsp sliced red long chili

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, dark soy sauce and brown sugar together. In a separate small bowl, mix the corn starch with water.
    Kinpira Renkon - Stir Fried Lotus Root ingredients
  • Heat cooking oil in a wok over medium high heat. Add the lotus root slices and stir-fry until slightly coloured before adding garlic and chili and stir-fry further until aromatic.
    frying lotus root
  • Add the sauce, and toss to coat the lotus root slices.
    adding soy sauce to lotus root
  • Drizzle the corn starch into the mixture until the sauce thickens. This will happen very quickly. Give it a quick stir, then turn off the heat.
    drizzle maizena into the lotusroot
  • Transfer the dish to a serving plate and garnish with spring onions.
    Kinpira Renkon - Stir Fried Lotus Root

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSodium: 839mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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