Hi everyone! It’s been quite a week and it’s only Wednesday! My husband’s twin cousins from France came to Houston to visit 2 weeks ago, this is their last week here so they’ve decided to stay with us for a couple of nights. We were very excited to host the young ladies, my little girl was jumping off the walls to see her French aunties and I can tell they felt the same way. Instead of braving the heat and make everyone meet up at a restaurant again, hubby and I thought maybe we can cook instead. This is very exciting for me because even though he’s never said it, but my husband was never comfortable enough with the idea of serving our guests home cooking. This is of course due to my lack of interests, also the lack of cooking abilities when I was a young bride. So this time when I suggested we can just invite his brothers and cousins for a meal at home, he was enthusiastic about it, and I started to visualize which recipes to cook right away.
I think everyone here knows who Nami (Just One Cookbook) is by now, her fabulous recipes have been a stable in my home, and even though I’ve not tried cooking her Fried Lotus Root with Pork before this week, I knew I can not go wrong with this choice! Now my little girl is a very supportive eater, but she’s not a fan of lotus roots, probably due to their weird looks also the texture. It was absolutely awesome when she took a bite of the finished “lotus burgers” and let out “Oh IT’S INCREDIBLE! It tastes like fries!” I am also very happy to report all the house guests seemed to enjoy the home cooked meal, which made me feel very relieved and glad I started this blog 2 years ago. I never thought posting about recipes I tried will get me to truly enjoy cooking, I also never thought I would meet all these Foodie friends from all around the world, which makes this experience that much cooler!
Here is a snap shot of the 4 dishes I cooked:
(Vietnamese Lemon Chicken | Black Bean Tofu | Fried Lotus Root with Pork | Stir Fried Spinach with Chinese Sausage)
OK, Here is the recipe from Just One Cookbook, I didn’t do any modification except to forgo the shiitake mushrooms, hope you all enjoy!
2 Tbsp. corn starch
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. cooking sake
1 tsp. miso
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 pkg (3 pieces) boiled lotus root (“Rekon no Mizuni”), cut into thin slices
½ lb ground pork
½ cup corn starch
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. cooking sake
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. Mirin
½ Tbsp. corn starch
1 Tbsp. water
1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for Seasonings.
2. Cut green onions, shiitake mushrooms, and Lotus root.
3. Add the meat, green onion, shiitake mushroom in the Seasoning bowl. Mix well with hands until the mixture gets sticky and set aside.
4. On a slice of lotus root, place a teaspoon of the filling and spread. Put another slice of lotus root on top and press down to make a sandwich.
5. In a large non-stick frying pan, heat ¼ inch of oil on medium-high heat.
6. Dredge the lotus root in the corn starch and remove excess.
7. When the oil is hot, gently place lotus root in the pan. Cook both sides until nicely browned. When the meat is cooked throughly, remove onto a paper towel to drain oil.
8. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, add all the ingredients for Sauce and cook on medium low heat. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water and mix well. When the Sauce is simmering, add corn starch mixture (make sure it’s completely mixed) in the pan and mix quickly and thoroughly. Turn off the heat and set aside until you are done with deep frying.
9. Reheat the sauce just before you serve. Pour the sauce over the lotus root and serve immediately.