Lotus Root salad

Lotus root is the magic vegetable I love the most. It is harvested in autumn traditionally but can be bought all the year. Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that lotus root is beneficial to stomach and lung, helpful for cooling down the body and controlling weight. The young girls love to drink lotus leaf tea or eat lotus root paste with the purpose of keeping fit. I recommend two ways of making yummy lotus root salad.

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Lotus root “莲藕” is a very popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine, all cross the country. It is the rhizome of the lotus plant, a magic vegetable with beautiful appearances.  The lotus plant is grown in mud but it give use very treasure lotus root, lotus seeds and beautiful lotus flower.  Lotus root has win the popular as a vegetable on the table. Louts seeds, wither eat freshly or dried to make dried louts seeds, which can be further used to make lotus root paste. It may have several small tubes adjacent to each other.  For the convenience of  transportation, the small tubes are broken to form two or three tubes together.

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In cold winter days, lotus root is a perfect ingredient for soups (lotus root and rib soup) And in summer days, it is the ideal ingredient for salads.Lotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.com

You will need

2 sections of lotus root

 Sauce I

  • 2 fresh Thai red peppers
  • 2 fresh green chili peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. black vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. chopped scallion
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 small bunch of coriander

Sauce II

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. black vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp. LaoGanma chili sauce or Chinese red oil
  • coriander and green onion for garnishing

Steps

Remove the joining part, peel the lotus root and then thinly sliced.

Wash the slices under running water to remove the extra starch. This step can make the slices crunchier.

In a large pot with enough water, add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar or lemon juice. Soak lotus root slices for 10 minutes.Lotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Bring a large pot of water to a boiling and then blanch lotus root slices for 1 minutes. Transfer out and soak the slices in chilled water until completely cooled. Drain.

Salad with sauce I

Drizzle light soy sauce, sugar, vinegar on the slices.

Heat vegetable oil in a small pot, add peppers, garlic and ginger in. Heat over medium to slow fire until aromatic. Add coriander stem in and continue cooking for 10 seconds.Lotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Pour the oil over the slices. Mix well and enjoy.Lotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.comLotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Salad with Sauce II

Add all the other seasonings in the serving plate and serve directly. For this special hot version, you can use Lao Gan Ma crispy chili oil or homemade Chinese red oil.  However the later one contains no salt, so if you use Chinese red oil as a substitute, add a small pinch of salt in addition. Lotus root salad|chinasichuanfood.com

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Lotus Root salad

Quick and easy lotus root salad for warmer days.

Course:

Salad

Cuisine:

Chinese

Servings: 2

Calories: 240kcal

Ingredients

Sauce I

  • 2
    fresh Thai red peppers
  • 2
    fresh green chili peppers
  • 2
    garlic cloves
    chopped
  • 2
    tsp.
    chopped ginger
  • 1/4
    tsp.
    sugar
  • 2
    tbsp.
    light soy sauce
  • 1/2
    tbsp.
    black vinegar
  • 1/2
    tbsp.
    chopped scallion
  • 2
    tbsp.
    vegetable cooking oil
  • 1
    small bunch of coriander

Instructions

  1. Remove the joining part, peel the lotus root and then thinly sliced.
  2. Wash the slices under running water to remove the extra starch. This step can make the slices crunchier.
  3. In a large pot with enough water, add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar or lemon juice. Soak lotus root slices for 10 minutes.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boiling and then blanch lotus root slices for 1 minutes. Transfer out and soak the slices in chilled water until completely cooled. Drain.

Salad with sauce I

  1. Drizzle light soy sauce, sugar, vinegar on the slices.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a small pot, add peppers, garlic and ginger in. Heat over medium to slow fire until aromatic. Add coriander stem in and continue cooking for 10 seconds.
  3. Pour the oil over the slices. Mix well and enjoy.

Salad with Sauce II

  1. Add all the other seasonings in the serving plate and serve directly.

Nutrition Facts

Lotus Root salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 240
Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18g
28%

Saturated Fat 12g
60%

Sodium 780mg
33%

Potassium 436mg
12%

Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%

Dietary Fiber 7g
28%

Sugars 5g

Protein 6g
12%

Vitamin A
10.7%

Vitamin C
80%

Calcium
6.9%

Iron
12.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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