Tuesday, November 25, 2008

sweet-hot lotus root

I used to study Japanese by hanging out (nerdily, yes, I admit) at our local library in Aichi Prefecture, reading cookbooks and translating recipes that I thought looked especially oishii (drool worthy) into a notebook. This is one of those, taken from a cookbook called Okaasan No Aji (literally, "the flavor of mother", or basically just good home cooking).

Crazily, I only just made this for the first time the other day, and now that I know how amazing it is, I want to eat it every day from now on until I kick the bucket full of lotus root.

You'll need:

1 renkon (lotus root)
sesame oil
seven spice seasoning
1 T. mirin
1 t. sugar
1-2 T. soy sauce

Do this:

Clean the lotus root and slice it thinly. Fry it up in some sesame oil till it's starting to turn crispy and brown, then add the mirin, sugar, and soy sauce until bubbly.

Serve it on a plate with some seven spice seasoning, and enjoy!

And oh, will you ever enjoy it. Scoutette's honor.


Anonymous said...

Wow, love the blog - great post. And looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Hi Sharon! For a minute I thought you were my sister because her name is Sharon, too! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and I enjoyed seeing your blog, too! :)

Kim said...

That looks YUMMY! I have some antique 7-spice spice too! Ryu might love this too! YEAH!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Kim, it IS gorgeous and I bet Ryu will love it!

jesse said...

YUM!!! My granma used to make us lotus root soup all the time... gosh now I'm all nostalgic. =( Thank you for the recipe!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Jesse, wow, you'll have to tell me your grandma's soup recipe. I'd love to try it!

Rachael Hutchings said...

Oh I love renkon! This looks SO yummy. I need to get out to the Japanese grocery store sometime soon just so I can buy some and try this!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

FM, let me know how you like it!