Renkon Chips

Lotus Root AKA Renkon Chips sprinkled with home made Roasted Garlic Salt. A healthy, gluten free, and absolutely gorgeous snack or side dish! So pretty you’re guaranteed to impress anyone you serve.

Renkon Chips

Hey Kids!

I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news. Bad news is: my favorite Asian market closed. Good news is: They moved to a bigger location nearby! I went to check out the place and they had a cornucopia of amazing Eastern ingredients. What caught my eye this time were the renkon.

WTF is a Renkon?

Good question! Glad you asked. Renkon is Japanese for lotus root. Koreans call it yeongeun, in India it’s kanwal, and in Chinese it’s called a Lián ǒu. It’s also quite healthy and is used in both cooking and Eastern medicine. Today we’re not going to be healthy because we are going to deep fry these babies and make renkon chips. #Murica!

It’s really hard to describe how a lotus root tastes but they’re similar to a potato. Lotus roots absorb sauce easily and depending on how you cook them can be soft, firm, or crispy. They’re much harder than a potato, though, which really adds to the crunchiness when you fry them. They’re also very pretty veggies and will definitely wow whomever you’re cooking for when they’re brought out.

You’re going to need a few things before you start this recipe, however.

  1. A Wok – I use this for deep frying.
  2. A Mandolin – no not the little guitar played over the speakers at an Olive Garden to make it feel like the ol’ country. No. A mandolin is a slicer that can cut things really thinly. Click this link to see what I’m talking about. A mandolin is super handy and cuts down your cutting time. Every kitchen should have one in my opinion.
  3. A slotted spoon and a big bowl.
  4. A colander or a wire rack.
  5. Lots of paper towels.

Lot’s Of Paper Towels?

Yeah, you’re going to make a mess. Set your mandolin to the thinnest setting. The thinner the better. If they are too big they’ll just get mushy when you fry. Then fill the big bowl with water and a couple of splashes of white vinegar making sure not to over do it with the vinegar. Peel the first lotus root and slice thinly on the mandolin. Immediately throw the slices in the water. I mentioned that lotus roots are like potatoes, well just like potatoes they start browning instantly. By throwing them in the vinegared water you keep them from browning and looking gross. Repeat until you are out of renkon. Most of the time lotus roots come packaged in pounds and 1 pound is about 2 lotus roots.

Next, fill the wok with about 3 inches of canola oil and heat over a medium high flame. It will take a few minutes for the oil to heat up. To test if it’s hot enough wet your hand and flick a few droplets of water into the wok. If it bubbles up, It’s ready.

In batches, pat the slices dry with a paper towel and throw in the wok. CAUTION! IT WILL SPLASH! Fry until they start to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Now here is where it gets tricky. They will burn rather quickly if you don’t pull them out of the oil fast enough. But if you don’t cook them enough, they will be too soft and chewy. So when they get golden pull them out because they will keep cooking until they cool.

When they are ready transfer them to a wire rack or a colander lined with paper towels. The holes in the colander/rack allow the steam to vent off and keep the chips from getting soggy. While hot, salt with roasted garlic salt to taste. Repeat until all the chips are done.

When cleaning up, you can save the oil for another use.

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Renkon Chips with Roasted Garlic Salt
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Lotus Root Chips with Roasted Garlic Salt make the perfect side or snack. So pretty you're guaranteed to impress.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Pound Whole Fresh Lotus Roots
  2. Canola Oil
  3. White Vinegar
  4. Roasted Garlic Salt
Instructions
  1. Set a mandolin to 3mm of thickness. Fill a large bowl with water and a couple of splashes of vinegar.
  2. Peel the first lotus root and slice it on the mandolin. Put the slices in the water making sure they are fully submerged. This keeps them from browning.
  3. Fill a wok with about 3 inches of oil. Heat over medium-high heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, wet your hand under a faucet and flick some water into the oil. If it bubbles up, it's ready.
  4. In batches, pat down the lotus root slices and then throw into the wok. Fry for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Transfer the chips to a wire rack or a colander lined with paper towels.
  6. While still hot, sprinkle with roasted garlic salt.
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18 comments on “Renkon Chips

  1. These look & sound interesting! Think you can find the renkon anywhere besides Asian markets? Would like to try these! Nice!

  2. I’ve never heard of renkon nor lotus root but these chips look delicious!

  3. If they’re similar to potatoes, that’s all I really need to know. 😀 Sold! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for renkon the next time I’m at the Asian food shop.

  4. I have not heard of this lotus root, but we live really close to an asian food market, I wonder if they would have it. This looks really good! (BYW I love the title of your blog!!)

  5. I’ve never heard of renkon chips, this has me intrigued. So creative!

  6. Wow, how creative. I have never made my own chips before!

  7. I’m what you would call a renkon virgin. Thanks for the 101 crash course and for sharing the recipe for these awesome chips! Can’t wait to see what other goodies you think up with access to all of those Eastern ingredients!

  8. I’ve never heard of renkon before but I love any kind of chips! I would definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing!
    Great photos too! 🙂

  9. I’d love to try these! They sound really interesting!

  10. I’ve never heard of this before. But I think it is the coolest thing ever.

    • I love strolling through the Asian food stores and finding things that I have never seen (or tasted) before!

  11. Never have seen one or even heard of them, but they look mighty tasty! I’m sure I’ll see them in the Asian markets now.

  12. I see lotus roots all the time in Asian stores and have used them a couple of times in soups. What a clever way to use them as chips!

    • They’re delicious! You have to try it!

  13. I’ve never heard of lotus root, I need to try this! Sounds delicious.

  14. These look sooooo crunchy!! And that roasted garlic salt sounds fantastic. I’m definitely making that.

  15. I’ve never heard of renkon, but I see lotus root all the time in my asian market. Now I know what to do with it!

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