Stuffed lotus root with sweet sticky rice is a very popular Chinese desserts. If you don't have a sweet tooth, not to worry! This stuffed lotus is just sweet enough, without being overly sweet. You can serve this dessert either cold or slightly warm but I personally like to serve this dessert cold in the summer and slightly warm in the winter.
Feel free to adjust the amount of rock sugar, brown sugar and honey if you think this recipe is too sweet or not sweet enough. You don’t have to use to use two different kinds of sugar and honey to prepare this dessert. Instead you can simply use just brown or caster sugar to replace the rock sugar and honey. Regardless of sugars and honey, this dish is really delicious.
Chinese people love serving lotus root in Chinese cuisine. There are also other lotus products that are used in Chinese cuisine including lotus seeds, lotus leaf and lotus root powder. You can use all of these “lotus products” to make different kinds of dishes and desserts.
Lotus root (蓮藕) is a super food in both Chinese medicine and cuisine. Chinese people believe lotus root can improve your digestive system, help blood circulation, improve energy and help with anti-aging. Some Chinese also believe lotus root juice is very good for getting rid of hangovers.
In modern medicine it’s believed lotus root has the following health benefits:
- Lotus root can be an amazing way to stimulate the blood circulation of your body and increase the oxygen levels in your blood and organs.
- Lotus root contains high levels or iron and copper and can help your body to prevent anemia and help your blood flow.
- Lotus root is high in vitamin B.
- Lotus root contains very high levels of potassium which is very good for your blood pressure.
- Lotus root is packed with dietary fiber which is really good for your digestive system and can help you to improve your bowel movements.
- 100g of lotus root contains 73% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, which is very good for your blood vessels, organs and skin.
- It can help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
Lotus root is low in calories but high in fibre so it’s also a very good food to eat when you are trying to lose weight
Soak the sticky rice in a bowl of water for 2 hours.
Wash and peel the lotus root. Cut about ¼ of the lotus root off and keep this part to use 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 cocktail skewers to fasten the lid to the lotus root.
Boil a pot of water and add jujubes and rock sugar. Stir until the rock sugar has dissolved. Add lotus root into the pot and cook for 1.5 hours.
Make sure you have enough water to cover the lotus root. After 1.5 hours take out the lotus root and leave it to cool down.
Use 200ml of the liquid from cooking the lotus root and add brown sugar and honey. Stir it until the brown sugar has dissolved. Boil it first then simmer until the liquid has reduced by 50%. Use this as a syrup to serve with the stuffed lotus root.
Slice the lotus root 0.5-0.8 cm thin and place it on a serving plate. Pour some syrup on top and it’s ready to serve.