Friday, July 22, 2005

Lotus Seed With Lily Bulb & Gingko Nut

Lotus Seed With Lily And Gingko Nuts
Serve 4 - 6

250g dried lotus seeds, without the husks, soaked and core removed
½ tsp bicarbonate soda (soak with lotus seeds)
100g dried lily bulb, soaked
½ tsp bicarbonate soda (soak with dried lily bulb)
100g gingko nuts, remove the shells, husk and remove the center core, which is bitter
2 liters water
50g brown sugar (for coloring)
3 tbsp potato starch, mixed with 5 tbsp water
2 pandan leaves, knotted
Rock sugar to taste

1. Put dried lotus seeds and dried lily bulb separately into a basin.
2. Put just enough cold water to cover the lotus seeds, dried lily bulb and add bicarbonate of soda.
3. Set aside for two to two and a half hours. Drain, then wash thoroughly.
4. Bring water to a boil. Add soaked lotus seeds and cook the seeds for 20 minutes.
5. Add lily bulb, gingko nuts, pandan leaves, brown sugar and rock sugar.
Simmer for 20 minutes or until soft.
6. Discard the pandan leaves add in the potato starch mixture to thicken it.
7. Serve hot.


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