Lotus Root Soup

27 Mar

Since I’ve been wanting to add more tubers in my meal, I made Lily Root (Lotus Root) Soup for today’s meal. Yeah I’ve been having this lazy mood over the weekend, so my weekend cooking has been anything with minimal efforts.

2 lotus/lily root – cut off end parts, and scrape the sides lightly (no need to use peeler)
Sorry I forgot to take picture of the ones I bought cause I was recharging the camera’s battery. Anyway here what they look like. Thanks for Google. (Source)

2-3 pieces of Chinese dried scallops (usually can be purchased at any Chinese supermarkets- they come in a package) -(Source)

Homemade chicken broth -didn’t really measure the amount – as long it covers all the lotus root -about 1 quart?
Dash of salt

1. Boil the whole lotus root, dried scallops in the chicken broth in pressure cooker – about 25 minutes
If you don’t have pressure cooker, might need to boil them a lot longer (simmer)- about 1-2 hours or until the lotus roots are tender. Add some salt.
2. Separate the lotus root from the broth

3. Slice them!

aren't they pretty? Look like flowers hehe

4. Enjoy them with the soup


Posted by on March 27, 2011 in food, recipe


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20 responses to “Lotus Root Soup

  1. horses horses

    March 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    hmmm i wish i knew how to get dried scallops, it will be hard to ask at the asian market since the owner hardly speaks any english 😛

  2. LeQuan

    March 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    i never liked this soup as a kid, but now i really enjoy it. thanks for sharing your recipe. i like that you used dried scallops. will have to try that next time.

  3. My Grandparents' Kitchen

    March 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    “Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.”
    Louis P. De Gouy

    • Jos

      March 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Nice quote! Thanks for sharing!

  4. leashieloo

    March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The lotus roots are so pretty! I’ve never had them before, but something that nice looking MUST taste good.

  5. Stef

    March 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

    You have to tried making lotus root chips. These are my favorite, they taste exactly like regular potatoe chips. Lay them out on a cookie sheet, season and sprinkle with some oil toss them in and make ’em crunchy!

    • Jos

      March 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Wow never thought of that. Thanks for the info..will try it next time 🙂

  6. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    March 28, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I’ve tried lotus roots only once, but I didn’t like them no much. 😦 I think it may have been because bought them in a can, I see if I can get fresh ones and try them again. 🙂

    • Jos

      March 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Aw sorry about that. Definitely the fresh one taste a lot better than canned 🙂

      • Kath (My Funny Little Life)

        March 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

        Alright! 😀

  7. Tina

    March 28, 2011 at 3:11 am

    What does lotus root taste like?

    • Jos

      March 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm’s hard to describe but I’ll try my best. If it’s cooked properly (kinda “al dente”), it has a hint of sweetness – kinda like crunchy potato but not starchy..Hope it makes sense

      • Tina

        March 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        Is it similar to jicama?

      • Jos

        March 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        Hmm..more like a combination of jicama and potato?


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