Deep-fried stuffed lotus root

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Lotus root
1 Egg
½ cup Water
½ cup Flour
¼ teaspoon Salt
Oil for deep frying
1 cup Lean pork
1 cup Onion
1 slice Fresh ginger root (up to)
2 tablespoons Oil
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
¼ teaspoon Salt

FILLING FOR LOTUS ROOT

1. Prepare Filling and let it cool slightly.

2. Peel lotus root and cut in ⅛-inch slices.

3. Spread filling evenly over one slice; then cover, sandwich-style, with a second slice. Repeat until done.

4. Beat egg together with water; then blend in flour and salt to make a batter. Dip lotus root "sandwiches" in batter to coat. Let dry a few minutes; then dip in batter again.

5. Heat oil; add "sandwiches" a few at a time, and deep-fry until golden.

Drain on paper toweling and serve. VARIATIONS: 1. In step 2, cut the lotus root in ¼-inch slices; then cut each slice in half, but not clear through. Stuff the filling between the still-joined halves; then press the edges together.

2. In step 4, make the batter with 2 eggs, beaten; 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons flour. FILLING FOR LOTUS ROOT: 1. Mince or grind pork. Chop onion. Mince ginger root.

2. Heat oil. Add onion and stir-fry a few times until translucent. Add pork; stir-fry until it loses its pinkness (about 2 minutes).

3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in soy sauce, salt and minced ginger root to blend. VARIATION: Reduce pork to ½ cup. In step 3, add, along with the other ingredients, 1 cup tightly packed spinach, parboiled and chopped fine.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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