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Braised Lotus Root, Yeongeun Jorim

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nut free
prep time: 
5 min
inactive time: 
10 min
cooking time: 
25 min
total time: 
40 min

This is a nice side dish with a good balance of salty and sweet, and it goes well with steamed rice and other vegetable side dishes. It's a perfect opportunity to try an exotic healthy root vegetable rarely appearing on North American tables. Lotus roots a have crunchy texture with sweet-tangy flavors. It is also used in Asian herbal medicine.

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for soaking lotus root

7 ozLotus root (Yeongeun) 연근
1 cup  Water 물
1 tbsVinegar 식초

for blanching

3 cupsWater 물

for seasoning

1½ cups  Water 물
¾ cupSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
⅓ cupSugar 설탕
1 tbsMul Yeot / Malt (Maltose) Syrup 물엿 (optional)
1 tbsSesame Seeds 깨 (optional)

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Mulyeot is optional. Add more sugar instead.
Sesame seeds are great in this dish but you can get away without them.

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1. Peel & Cut

Peel and wash lotus root. Cut it into 0.5 cm (a little thiner than ¼”) thick slices. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Soak sliced lotus roots in the vinegar water for 10 minutes. Then, drain water with a strainer.

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Peel & wash

Slice into 0.5 cm thickness


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs vinegar

Soak lotus roots image: clock.png 10 min


2. Blanch

Blanch lotus root in boiling water for 5 min on high heat. Drain all the water out through a strainer.

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Blanch in boiling water

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Drain water

3. Braise

Add 1½ cup of water, ¾ cup of soy sauce and 5 tablespoons of sugar in a pot and mix well. Add blanched lotus and braise on medium heat with a lid for 15 min.

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Braise with lid

  • blanched lotus root
  • 1½ cup water
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbs sugar

Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 15 min

4. Finish up

When the sauce boils down, add 1 tablespoon of malt syrup and mix well. Braise for 5 more minutes. Sprinkle sesame seeds.

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  • 1 tbs malt syrup

Mix well


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Sprinkle sesame seeds

5. Serve

Serve in a side dish bowl. Enjoy!

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