Fried Lotus Root-Pork Sandwiches
These mini Fried Lotus Root-Pork Sandwiches make the perfect party appetizer...The outer sandwich "bread" is made of fried lotus root and the "burger" is made from a savory ground pork filling.
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 pkg (3 pieces) boiled lotus root (“Rekon no Mizuni”), cut into thin slices
½ lb ground pork
½ cup corn starch
½ Tbsp. corn starch
1 Tbsp. water
Kaiware Daikon for garnish
2 Tbsp. corn starch
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. cooking sake
1 tsp. miso
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. Aloha shoyu
1 Tbsp. cooking sake
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. Mirin
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Cut green onions, shiitake mushrooms, and Lotus root. Add the meat, green onion, shiitake mushroom in the Seasoning bowl. Mix well with hands until the mixture gets sticky and set aside.
On a slice of lotus root, place a teaspoon of the filling and spread. Put another slice of lotus root on top and press down to make a sandwich.
In a large non-stick frying pan, heat ¼ inch of oil on medium-high heat.
Dredge the lotus root in the corn starch and remove excess.
When the oil is hot, gently place lotus root in the pan. Cook both sides until nicely browned. When the meat is cooked throughly, remove onto a paper towel to drain oil.
Meanwhile in a small saucepan/frying pan, add all the ingredients for Sauce and cook on medium low heat. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and water and mix well. When the Sauce is simmering, add corn starch mixture (make sure it’s completely mixed) in the pan and mix quickly and thoroughly. Turn off the heat and set aside until you are done with deep frying.
Reheat the sauce just before you serve. Pour the sauce over the lotus root and serve immediately.