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Braised Lotus Root
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4.7 from 10 votes

Braised Lotus Root - A Special Korean Banchan

Braised Lotus Root taste sweet and salty, as well as a crunchy bite. If you never tried lotus root before, this is a good banchan to whip-up. 
Course: Medium
Servings: 2 people


  • Lotus Root - 400 grams
  • Vinegar - 3 Tablespoon
  • Salt - ½ Tablespoon

Braising Sauce

  • Water - 1 cup
  • Soy sauce - 10 Tablespoons
  • Sugar - 7 Tablespoon
  • Corn syrup - 5 Tablespoon or use honey


Prep Lotus Root

  • Cut ends of lotus root. Peel skin off with potato peeler. Cut the lotus root into ¼ inch (or 0.5 cm).
  • Take a large pot out. Place lotus root pieces in. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the pieces. Add vinegar and salt to the water. Bring the pot up to boil.
  • Boil for 10 minutes on a high heat. Strain and set aside.

Make Braising Sauce

  • Mix all of the listed ingredients under 'Braising Sauce'

Braise Lotus Root

  • Pour braising sauce in a large pot. Place lotus root pieces into pot. Then bring pot up a gentle boil. Boil on a medium-high for 10 minutes.
  • Make sure to continuously stir the pieces around to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Then reduce the heat to a medium.
  • Boil on medium for another 20 minutes. Again, make sure to continuously mix these pieces around with a ladle. It may take less than 20 minutes - you will know when it is ready when you see the sauce reduce to a maple-syrup consistency.
  • Then turn off the heat and pick out the lotus pieces from the syrup. Finish by taking a few spoonfuls of the syrup from the pot and spreading it over the lotus root.
  • Chill in the refrigerator before eating as it tastes best when cold! Also, make sure to eat with a bowl of rice as it is sweet and salty.


  • The easiest way to mess this banchan up is to leave the lotus roots unattended. When braising, the lotus pieces have a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pot/pan. If this happens, the lotus roots will burn and ruin the flavor of the soy sauce.
  • To avoid this, you should continuously stir the lotus roots around as they braise. Bit cumbersome, but worth the effort ;)
  • Also keep an eye on the heat. When the sauce is reducing, it should be on a gentle simmer. For my stove, that is a medium. But it could be a medium-low for your stove-top. Also, I would recommend reducing the heat to a low once you see that 90% of the liquid is gone. This is the safest way to keep the soy sauce from burning. 
  • Watch video below for more details