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Lotus Root and Chicken Stir-Fry

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Lotus root, which is the rhizome of the lotus plant, is rich in dietary fiber and nutrients as well as very low in saturated fat. It is used as a vegetable in Asian cuisine and in Chinese households, it is commonly used in soups - very easy, delicious and nourishing, but that will be another post. Besides soups, lotus root is also commonly used in stir-fries. Unlike the soft and tender textures of lotus roots in soups, the lotus roots remain crunchy in stir-fries and the sauce clings on to the roots pretty well making each bite oh-so tasty.

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Fresh lotus root can be found in Asian grocers and usually comes in a few segments (like a string of sausages). Simply trim the rough ends off of each segment, peel the skin with a peeler then slice. If you are not cooking straightaway, soak the peeled and sliced lotus roots in water with a little bit of vinegar or lemon juice as the flesh darkens when exposed to air. For stir-fries, I usually soak the root slices in water anyway to get rid of some starch.

Lotus Root and Chicken Stir-Fry

Printable recipe
By Pig Pig's Corner

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Marinade time: 10-30 mins
Yield: serves 2

  • 300 g boneless chicken pieces - sliced
  • 1 segment (about 200 g) lotus root - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 red chili - sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic - pressed or finely minced
  • 1 stalk spring onion - sliced, white and green part separated
  • 1/4 cup water
For marinade:
  • 1 tbs taucu (fermented bean paste)
  • 1 tbs Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • A dash white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (more for garnishing)

  • Combine chicken and all ingredients for marinade. Mix and leave to stand for at least 10 mins.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan. Add chicken and stir-fry until half cooked. Remove from pan and leave aside for later use.
  • Add chili, garlic and white part of spring onion to pan. Fry until fragrant.
  • Add lotus root, stir-fry for a few mins.
  • Mix in chicken and water. Leave to cook until dry.
  • Season to taste.
  • Lastly, stir in green part of spring onion and drizzle a it of sesame oil before serving.
Lotus Root and Chicken Stir-Fry

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