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lotus root chips

Lotus roots are fascinating. Not only are they beautiful to look and and delicious to eat, I remember watching a documentary of how they are harvested.. it's a very muddy affair! Lotus roots symbolize Longevity, and are one of the symbolic foods enjoyed especially during Lunar New Year, either as a crunchy snack or candied. I'm much more partial to savory, so here is my recipe. You can bake them in the oven like Taro Chips, however I find that they can burn quite easily, so I would much rather keep an eye on them whilst crisping them up. I usually have two pans going at a time to make them quicker. Or, I suppose if you have an air fryer, that would be perfect! Let me know how it goes!


1 lotus root

Neutral oil

Sea salt

Dried chilis, optional

  • Peel and slice the lotus root in 1/4" (6mm) slices . Soak them in salted water for 10 minutes.

  • Drain and pat them dry with a clean dish cloth.

  • Preheat a frying pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Pan-fry until one side is golden and crispy, then flip them over and cook the other side. You'll need to cook them in batches. Season with salt and red chili flakes just before serving.

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