Pigs in a blanket? Yes, but how about pigs snuggling in some lotus roots? This recipe was inspired by a cooking show on tv where the chef made something similar.
They are crispy lotus roots stuffed with a marinated pork filling. They’re packed with Asian-inspired flavours and various textures and could be eaten as an appetizer or side dish to a meal. In fact, they’re so good I’d even suggest eating it as a snack! Now on to the good stuff – how to make these yummy lotus roots stuffed with pork!
- 2 lbs of pork
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 4-5 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups of shiitakei mushrooms
- 1 small handful of small dried shrimp
- 1 lotus root
In two separate bowls, add some cold water. In one bowl, add the shiitakei mushrooms to rehydrate them. In the second bowl, add the small dried shrimp to soak. In a third bowl, add the pork with corn starch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, salt and mix well. Add some plastic wrap on top and put this bowl in the fridge. Let it marinate minimally for an hour or so, but the longer the tastier.
Once the shiitakei mushrooms have hydrated, dump the water, cut into little squares and then set aside. Take the shrimp, dump the water and cut them into small pieces as well. Once the pork mixture has marinated long enough, add the mushroom and shrimp to the pork and mix well. Then, take the lotus root and cut slices. If you want, you can cut the big pieces in half to have smaller “sandwiches”.
Once you have all your lotus slices, start to commence the “sandwich” making.
Take one slice of lotus root, add a thin layer of the pork mixture and then top it off with a second slice of lotus root. Repeat with the remaining slices until you got a smorgasbord of lotus root sandwiches. Just remember to squish them together lightly so that they don’t fall apart (N.B. You can do a test run on one and cook it to see if it falls apart. If it does, add a smidgen of corn starch to the inner sides of the lotus root slices before adding the pork mixture.).
When you’re done building the sandwiches, add a generous amount of oil to a pan on medium-low heat and carefully place the first batch into the pan (only put enough so that they don’t overlap in the pan). Cook one side until the lotus root has browned and flip it to the other side and cook until the meat is fully done. I find using tongs or chopsticks helps with this task. Repeat until they are all cooked.
And ta daaaah! Lotus roots stuffed with marinated pork meat.
Yummy! While I would have happily eaten these on their own (it has meat and veggies!), I ate them as a side with rice and other dishes. It’s delicious and definitely something I highly recommend trying. Enjoy! 🙂