Sunday, 6 January 2013

Recipe for Lotus Patties [藕]

Hello everyone!! 

Every year at Christmas, my family and I go to a friend's house for dinner and we are served a delicious array of food, one of my favourite dishes being their lovely lotus patties. I never managed to get the recipe, but after enjoying their food for many many years now, I decided to try to make my own version.

Song of the day: Face by NU'EST came across this the other day and I can't stop listening to it now!

For those of you that are unfamiliar with lotus roots, this is what they look like:

(one point to be aware of is that the roots need to be carefully washed and prepared since the root could harbour nasty parasites)
Not only do they look pretty, they are crunchy, taste sweet too and also have loads of health benefits, such as being full of vitamin C, being able to lower fevers, and can be brewed with hot water to make a tea for coughs and respiratory problems. What more could you want?

So, to start off this new year, I thought I'd tell you how to make Yishi lotus patties! :)

You will need:
A few lotus roots
One pack of pork mince
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
White wine vinegar
A chopped spring onion
A few eggs
Corn flour
Salt/pepper to season 
What to do: 
1. Wash and peel the lotus root, before chopping it into thin slices. 
2. Mix the mince with four tablespoons of soy sauce, a tablespoon of sesame oil, a tablespoon of white wine vinegar and a chopped spring onion.

3. Form the mince into little patties and sandwich them between slices of lotus root, like a burger. 
4. Make a batter out of whisked eggs, cornflour and black pepper. Dip the pattie into the batter, making sure to coat everything! 
5. Either deep dry the patties, or you can fry them with less oil but on a lower heat, turning them over frequently. They should take around 8-10 minutes to pan fry but you can test them by cutting one on half to see if the meat has cooked.

I ate mine with some veggies that my housemate made, and they tasted delicious! This was the first time that I'd tried to make the patties so I'm really happy that they turned out so well, given that I was making up the recipe too (based on a lot of comparative Googling hehe).

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it! :)

Yishi xxx


  1. This looks so good and I love cooking, but do you think there is anything I could sub for the pork?

    1. Hey, sorry for the late reply! I've only ever had this combination together but I guess you could try beef mince (although they both do have distinctive tastes so not sure how well it would work), or maybe veggie mince?


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