Lotus root is a traditional Asian ingredient which is delicious when stir-fried but can also be transformed into a modern Western dish.
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.
Crispy Stuffed Lotus Root Sandwiches
EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Add the silken tofu and mix well to combine.
Prepare and cook the lotus root
- Divide the minced pork into patties.
- 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.
- Coat the outside with the white 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.
- Serve with both sauces.