Lotus Root Chips With Toasted Nori-Sesame Salt
Category: Cocktails & Appetizers | Blog URL: http://www.tokyoterrace.com/2010/01/lotus-root-chips-with-toasted-nori-sesame-salt/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Brad White
Following the Japanese tradition of eating lotus root on New Year's Eve, I created these chips for our first New Year's celebration living in Japan. Each food eaten at New Year's Eve parties in Japan has symbolic significance. For example, long udon noodles symbolize longevity and golden sweet potatoes express hopes for financial prosperity in the coming year. Apparently, to the Japanese, looking through the holes in the lotus root represents seeing through to the new year. It can also symbolize the wheel of life.
Either way, these chips are tasty and healthy year-round as a snack or a stunning garnish. The toasted nori-sesame salt adds a unique touch to these delicious lotus root chips.