Haven't been productive at all this past week due to my jet lag. Many suggested melatonin but I'm trying to conquer all without any substance. And it is TOUGH. Wide awake throughout most nights and a walking dead during most days. I know it would take another week to really adjust the time difference. By the time I could sleep at night, that would be the time to leave again. Yup, that's a modern day malaise.
I'm not gonna yap so much here. Just want to share this easy recipe which was introduced by my dearest friend, Annie. Never knew lotus root could taste this good. I've added a bit of taro because I had a tiny piece sitting in my fridge at the time. The outcome was good. Although I don't enjoy the high cost of living and pollution in Hong Kong, one thing I do enjoy the most is indeed these Asian ingredients I cannot get in Europe! :)
Servings: 8-10 patties
Preparation Time: 10-15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
1lb lotus root (about 1 whole lotus root), shredded
1/4 - 1/2 lb taro, shredded
1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bunch scallions, chopped
salt and pepper, according to your taste
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup flour or cornstarch
1 bunch coriander
1/2 fresh lime
extra-virgin olive oil
1) In a large mixing bowl, mix lotus root, taro, salt & pepper, paprika, garlic, and scallions. Mix well.
2) Add enough flour or cornstarch to hold and form patties.
3) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium heat, form about 8-10 patties with hands and shallow fry each side 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low if necessary to avoid burning the patties. Heat off.
4) Preheat the oven at 180ºC. Transfer the half-cooked patties to a baking tray with baking sheet.
5) Roast the patties for roughly 15-20 minutes.
6) Garnish with some chopped coriander and serve with a twist of fresh lime juice and a side dish of lime aioli dressing or sweet & sour sauce.