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Steamed Lotus Seeds in Sweet Syrup Recipe

Steamed Lotus Seeds in Sweet Syrup Recipe

Steamed Lotus Seeds in Sweet Syrup Recipe

Lotus seeds appear in many Chinese sweet courses, due to their fine flavor and crunchy texture. They also have potent medicinal properties, including tonic benefits for the heart and calming effects on the nervous system. They are also renowned in China for their aphrodisiac properties.

Ingredients :

    • 250 g (12/3 cups) dried lotus seeds, pre-soaked in cold water for 30 minutes
    • 61/4 cups (1.5 liters) boiling water
    • 130 g (2/3 cup) sugar

Method :

    1. Drain the lotus seeds. Place them in a pot with enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 more minutes, then drain again. When cool, peel and use a pin or toothpick to remove the bitter dark strand at the core of each seed. Place the lotus seeds in a heat proof dish with half of the boiling water. Place the dish on a rack in a steamer and steam for 30–40 minutes, until they are tender, then remove from the steamer.
    2. Place the sugar in a serving bowl and add the remaining boiling water, stirring until the sugar completely dissolves. Then add the steamed lotus seeds, along with the water they were steamed in, to the sugared water. Serve hot or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 50 mins