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.
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-FryPrintable recipe
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
- 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.