Serving lotus root 莲藕 (Lián'ǒu) dishes during CNY is highly auspicious as it invokes the greeting 好运连连 (Hǎo yùn liánlián) or continuous good luck for the new year. Our Deep Fried Lotus Root Cake 香炸莲藕肉饼 recipe, made by veteran home cook Mdm Cheng Geck Chau, is both auspicious and delicious as we tap into our Chinese heritage and Singaporean love for mala Chinese New Year (CNY) dishes too!
Imagine the crisp and refreshing crunch of lotus root stuffed with savoury pork filling and the bite of spicy, mouth-numbing Sichuan mala on your tongue. This CNY recipe can easily become a new essential dish that your friends and family want to have every year!
It is certainly better to have deep-fried foods made at home as you will know what ingredients are used in your dishes and can adjust them to suit your family.
For this deep-fried lotus cake recipe, we used KNIFE Premium Cooking Oil as it has a high smoking point, is trans-fat free, cholesterol free, and rich in Vitamin E! KNIFE 100% Groundnut Oil is also a great oil for this dish if you wish to add a hint of peanut aroma to it. Additionally, our recipe calls for double frying which helps to purge out any extra oil to give the lotus root cake that irresistible non-greasy crunch.
We have also dusted the deep-fried lotus cakes with Sichuan Mala Powder for a spicy kick. However, it is an optional ingredient that you can choose to use or not depending on your family’s tastes. If you are a mala fan, you can use the same mala powder in our Mala Bak Kwa recipe here too!
The cost of this deep-fried lotus cake recipe is approximately SGD $23.60 as of December 2022. As it serves 6 pax, this dish is very affordable for its restaurant-quality taste and presentation. You can also reuse the oil up to 3 times for other deep-fried dishes to make your ingredients more cost-effective!
|Knife Premium Cooking Oil, 1L||$4.30|
|Lotus Root, 600g||$9.50|
|Minced pork, 340g||$5.80|
|Chinese cooking wine, Knife Classic Light Soy Sauce, Knife Pure Sesame Oil, cornstarch, white pepper, scallion, five-spiced powder, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, Mala powder||$4 (round-up)|