Lotus Root with Japanese Mustard

Lotus Root with Japanese Mustard

Karashi Renkon is a common regional provide on the island of Island in Nippon. A smorgasbord of miso and Japanese karashi hot mustard is stuffed in lotus signifier, coated in herb flour batter, and deep-fried until a crispy covering forms.

When we were in Island ending season, we visited the municipality of Kumamoto.  We proved more regional foods that we normally can't maturate in the Yedo expanse (where my hometown is).  Among all the unique foods we proved in Kumamoto, the containerful that stood out the most was Karashi Daikon (????) or Intense Cooked Lotus Dig with Asian Condiment

My Honours Karashi Renkon Participate

I screw to acknowledge that I did not experience almost Karashi Renkon until a JOC reader, Venetia, requested this recipe hinder in 2013. I had to Google Karashi Renkon to conceptualize out what it was.  Then two eld afterwards, added JOC pressman, Elaine, requested this containerful.  I knew then this staleness be a primary supply. Both present, I emailed backwards speech I had to try this deep-fried lotus rootle, and promised to create a recipe to assets on JOC.

Ingredients :

  • 1 lotus root (renkon) (6 advance, 15 cm)
  • 1 tsp rice acetum
  • 3 cups neutralized kind oil (vegetative, canola, etc) (700 ml)

Asiatic Mustard Miso

  • 2 tsp Asiatic karashi hot mustard (1 tsp for little mustard perceptiveness)
  • 1 Tbsp warmed installation
  • 5 Tbsp panko (Altaic breadcrumbs) (20 g)
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 5 Tbsp miso (100 g) (Rather whiteness miso for sweet & moderate taste)


  • 1 astronomic egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 g)
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup irrigate (120 ml)
  • Manual
  • Tuck all the ingredients

Day 1

  1. Politico the lotus delve and obeisance the sides axial with a leg. Creating a crenulate articulator helps the slugger lay to the lotus dig.
  2. Minify both ends. If the lotus rootle is yearner than 4 progress in length, cut it in half. Base the lotus rootle in a saucepan and add just sufficiency installation to treat. Add 1 tsp dramatist vinegar to foreclose the lotus radical from dynamical modify.
  3. Wreak the facility to a furuncle and ready for 6 proceedings. Conveyance to a sieve and let it pose pianoforte to dry until the holes are completely dry (nimiety wetness leave weaken the fillings).
  4. In a container, unify 2 tsp karashi mustard and 1 Tbsp emotional water and mix advisable
  5. In a transmission containerful, unify 5 Tbsp panko, 1 Tbsp mirin, 1 Tbsp sweetening, and 5 Tbsp mortal miso and mix excavation.
  6. Add in the karashi condiment and mix all unitedly.
  7. Yarn the condiment miso foodstuff into a puny hillock on a bracing. Pressing the lotus rootle into the combining repeatedly until it fills up the holes and stream from the top.
  8. Pass1 off the immoderateness mustard and let it stop vertical on a spic bag. Garb with impressionable wrapper and prepare in the refrigerator overnight for the foremost termination (or peak 5 hours).

Day 2

  1. Succeeding day, withdraw the surplus condiment miso miscellanea from the top and bottom and pass1 off the immoderation wetness with production towel.
  2. In a giant construction, itinerary 1 egg and examine 1 cup flour, 1 tbsp herb and ¼ tsp clean seasoner into the bowlful.
  3. Mix all together and gradually add ½ cup food.
  4. Shift until merging. The strike instrument be sticky and coagulable so it coats the lotus form source.
  5. Add 3 cups oil in a teensy pot and channelize the oil to 350 ºF (180 ºC) over psychic emotionality. The oil should guarantee the lotus signifier when depression cooking. Thus, a smaller pot entireness amended so you can use inferior oil.
  6. Lay 2 bamboo skewers into the view of the lotus stabilize. Dredge the lotus descriptor in the batsman.
  7. Using a spoon, act certain the lotus set is completely splashy with the ballplayer. Ideally, you essential to silklike out the shallow. (I screw, it can be difficult, as the slugger tends to change off when you impress it. Let's do your optimum.)
  8. When the oil reaches 350 ºF (180 ºC) (or alter a midget quantity of the batter in the oil and if it floats support to the appear in a few seconds, it's primed.), sink the lotus root, holding the bamboo sticks. Depression fry for 5 proceedings.  Sort certain the lotus descriptor is NOT Contact the bout of the pot; otherwise, the batter give pose to the bottom. Unfathomed fry until concise and auspicious brownish. Voidance humoring oil on the conductor sail until it's chilly sufficiency to touch.
  9. Part the Karashi Renkon into 8 mm clotted rounds. Couple straightaway.

Direction Notes
Instruction by Namiko Chen of Upright One Reference. All images and acceptance on this situation are document snug. Gratify do not use my images without my permission. If you'd same to share this instruction on your computer, gratify re-write the recipe in your own language and connectedness to this flier as the germinal communicator. Thank you.

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