Stuffed Lotus Root with Sweet Sticky Rice
Recently I’ve been going through a really busy period. I just had my final year exhibition and graded unit which along with looking after Amelia really has taken up all of my time. Chris has also had a lot of photography work to complete so I’ve been doing the extra rounds with childcare while he got his work done.
But finally, I now have some free time for myself. I’ve been thinking about posting a recipe for this Chinese dessert called “stuffed lotus root with sweet sticky rice” for a long time but because of my college course and works I’ve decided I want to try to illustrator the procedures for most recipes from now on. Of course if the dish is really simple I probably won’t illustrate it but this dish does need some guidance.
It’s really good fun but also a pain doing these illustrated procedures. It requires a lot of time to finish one recipe but it’s really good practice, really therapeutic and I hope I can eventually produce an illustrated cook book. If you remember I started designing a cook book a couple years ago and while it looks really professional, I want something a lot more fun so over a period of time I’ll re-illustrate a number of recipes while adding new recipes.
When I worked as a chef, drawing was always really important for remembering recipes. Every restaurant has completely different recipes and some recipes can be quite complicated, so I use a small notebook to illustrate the final dish and I would write the ingredients and procedure in the book. Sometimes I would have to remember 20 or more dishes in one day so the quicker you learn then better. So that’s how and I why I started drawing these recipes. I think this is also one of the reasons I got a place on my college course as the teacher seemed to be really impressed about my recipe book.
So here is my another illustrated recipe for this Chinese dessert “Stuffed lotus root with sweet sticky rice”. I hope you will enjoy it.
Also a few weeks ago, Chris, Amelia and I discovered a very cool castle in West Scotland called “Kelburn Castle”. It was built in the late 16th century but what makes this castle so special? What makes it different to all of the other castles in Scotland? Well, the castle walls needed some repairs back in 2007 and rather than just re-plaster the walls and apply a plain paint, the owner of the castle hired a group of Brazilian graffiti artists to paint the West wall of the Castle.
If you come to Scotland and have a fascination with castles, you should definitely check Kelburn Castle out. The painting on the castle looks amazing but just as importantly the grounds of the castle are fantastic for both adults and children. There’s a secret forest and many playgrounds for children, there are cafe’s and shops for adults, you can go horse riding but also the staff are extremely friendly.
I’ve put some photos of Kelburn Castle on this post, hope you like them.
Stuffed Lotus Root with Sweet Sticky Rice
- 1 cup sticky rice
- 2 lotus roots they should be 12-15cm long ideally
- 5 dried jujubes
- 50 g rock sugar
- 50 g brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
Soak the sticky rice in a bowl of water for 2 hours.
Cut the lotus root as per the steps in this procedure picture. Make sure you keep the top of the lotus root as you will use this as a lid.
Stuff the sticky rice from step 1 into the lotus root and use chopsticks to push the rice into the lotus root, effectively stuffing it.
After you have stuffed the lotus root use 2 or 3 toothpicks to fasten the lid to the lotus root.
Boil a pot of water and add 4-5 dried jujubes and 50 grammes of rock sugar. Stir until the rock sugar has dissolved. Add step 4 into the pot and cook for 1.5 hour. Make sure you have enough water to cover the lotus root.
Use 200ml of the liquid from step 5 and add brown sugar and honey. Boil this mixture and simmer until the sauce has reduced by 50%. Use this as a sauce for the lotus root.
Leave the lotus root to cool down. Once it has cooled down, slice it to serve with the sauce from step 6.
Wow, I’m from Scotland but I didn’t know about this, that’s so cool! I’ll definitely try the recipe, such a great technique. Thanks!
oo i’ve never tried lotus root before! i found your site through the bkfast tumblr – your food photog is stunning, such beautiful images 🙂
Thank you Katie!
Kelburn castle looks stunning! I’ve never seen lotus root as a sweet option – I would love to make this.
I love your new illustrations – may I recommend a couple of other great illustrated blogs? http://kokblog.johannak.com and http://illustratedbites.wordpress.com/
Thank you Becs! 🙂
I love your blog, lots of beautiful, colourful pictures and cute illustrations.
Was just wondering if i can substitute jujubes with any other ingredients? Im not sure if i’ve seen it at the supermarts in Singapore before.
Thank you for your comment.
Sorry for the late reply. Jujubes in this recipe is just optional. You can go without it if you can’t find it in the shop. 🙂
Where would I get lotus root in Colorado?
As I have never been America so I don’t really know where you can get lotus root in Colorado. Perhaps you can try your local Chinese supermarket??
Good luck on finding lotus root. 😉
what a nice blog, I really like your blog design layout very much,
Stuffed Lotus Root with Sweet Sticky Rice, this is cool, But i remember the lotus root should be come with meat, the rice could be great also~~~
Could i ask a blog roll space for my blog?
http://yzenith.com , let me know, i need to add the blog roll first
This dish is quite popular in Shanghai. I remember when I lived in Shanghai this is a very common dish on the restaurant menu. 🙂
Hi Liv, I like your blog, very nice illustration.
I saw some good lotus root on the market yesterday. I bought it and tried this stuffed lotus root but it was not very successful. So I searched the internet for a recipe. Here you go. Thank you very much. Just to confirm, the step 6 is done without lotus root in it, correct?
Thank you for your lovely comment! Step 6 is for making syrup so no lotus root in the step 6. Hope you will nail this dessert with my recipe!