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Deep-Fried Lotus Root Soup

Serves 4

 Lotus Root Soup  

Crispy balls of deep-fried lotus root add crunch and texture to the rich taste of this konbu-flavored soup. Serve piping hot.

1 pound 2 ounces (500 g) lotus root, peeled and finely grated
2 teaspoons cornstarch
vegetable oil, for deep-frying
3-1/2 cups (800 ml) konbu stock (see page 98 of the book)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons saké
4 or 5 stalks mitsuba or baby spinach, for garnish, optional

1. Place the grated lotus root in a colander to drain.

2. In a bowl, mix the lotus root and cornstarch, then form into about 12 bite-sized balls.

3. Heat the vegetable oil to 340-360 degrees F (170-180 desgrees C). Deep-fry the lotus-root balls until they turn golden brown.

4. Place the konbu stock, soy sauce, salt, and sake in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.

5. Divide the lotus-root balls between individual soup bowls, cover with the konbu stock, and garnish with mitsuba sprigs.

Lotus root turns a darker color after being sliced. Once sliced, it should be cooked immediately, or kept fresh in a bowl of water to which a few drops of vinegar have been added.


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The Enlightened Kitchen
Fresh Vegetable Dishes from the Temples of Japan

by Mari Fuji
Kodansha International
Hardcover, $24.95, 112 pages
ISBN: 4-7700-2493-2
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