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Crispy Stuffed Lotus Root Sandwiches

Lotus root is a traditional Asian ingredient which is delicious when stir-fried but can also be transformed into a modern Western dish.

stuffed lotus root sandwiches

Today, we’ll use seasoned minced pork, squeeze it between slices of delicious lotus root and pan fry them to create sandwich-like patties. They can be served as an appetizer, a side dish or a main course. The dark soy sauce or an easy sweet and sour sauce are great dipping sauces to accompany this curious looking dish.

Why do lotus roots have holes?

The oval holes inside lotus roots are for obtaining oxygen. These rhizomes grow in mud and water, and the holes are a way to transport oxygen from the lotus leaves to the roots.

stuffed lotus root sandwiches

Crispy Stuffed Lotus Root Sandwiches

Lotus root is a traditional Asian ingredient which is delicious when stir-fried but can also be transformed into a modern Western dish.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetisers & Starters, Meat & Poultry
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 257 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Chopping board
Sauté pan with lid
Mixing bowls

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pc lotus root
  • 300 gr minced pork
  • 2 pcs chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp chopped green chili
  • 1 tbsp chopped red chili
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onion
  • 30 gr crushed roasted hazelnuts or almonds
  • 100 gr silken tofu
  • White sesame seeds
  • Sweet & sour sauce
  • Dark soy and vinegar dipping sauce

Instructions
 

Prepare the lotus root

  • Peel, wash and cut the lotus root into 3mm slices. Bring water to the boil with salt and boil the lotus root for 8-10 minutes. The lotus root must be cooked but still firm and crunchy.
    boiling lotus
  • Pat dry the lotus slices, keep aside for later.

Prepare the stuffing mix

  • Combine the minced pork with the ginger, coriander, chilis, spring onion, and hazelnuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    ingredients for pork stuffing
  • Add the silken tofu and mix well to combine.
    combining ingredients for stuffing

Prepare and cook the lotus root

  • Divide the minced pork into patties.
    filling the lotus root sandwiches
  • Place 1 pork patty between two slices of lotus root, then press well to equalize the minced pork to the edge of the lotus root.
    filling the lotus root sandwiches
  • Coat the outside with the white sesame.
    rolling lotus root sandwich in sesame
  • Pan fry the ‘sandwich’ in vegetable oil over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the pork is cooked and the lotus root is crispy.
    frying the lotus root sandwiches
  • Serve with both sauces.
    stuffed lotus root sandwiches

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 16gFat: 20gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lotus root, stuffing
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