pretty patterned lotus root and pork soup!

27 Jan

Oh lotus root, how I love the way you look all cut up!  My mom used to make it a lot and it’s one of those unusual veggies that takes on the flavour of whatever you’re cooking and looks amazing in a dish.  It’s got a texture like water chestnuts, a little potato-y and sometime there are stringy sticky bits.   All in all, delicious and cheap!

What you need!
2 medium lotus roots
1 lb pork (I used pork chops here or you could use pork bones, lean pork loin, whatever you got)
1 can beef broth
5-7 cloves of garlic
2 green onions chopped
1 tbs dark soy sauce
1 tbs light soy sauce
cooking oil
salt and pepper

What to do!

1.  Peel the outer skin of the lotus root and chop off each end.  Smash your garlic and remove skin.

2.  Cube your pork (unless you’re using pork bones) and brown on medium heat with a splash of oil in your pot.

3.  Add the garlic.  Season the pork with the soy sauce and some salt and pepper to taste.

4.  Cut lotus root into 1/4 inch slices.  I cut them right before I add them to the pot because they brown if left exposed to air too long, you can also cut it earlier and submerge it in a bath of water and vinegar or lemon.

cute little lotus root pinwheels

5.  Add the lotus root to the pot and stir.  Add in can of beef broth and enough water to cover all the ingredients.  Turn the heat up to high until bubbling than turn down to simmer.  Leave to simmer for 40min or until pork is tender.

6.  Season the soup to your taste.  Garnish with the green onion and you have one tasty soup!

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