Enjoy lotus roots! A friend of mine gave me some fresh lotus roots and I made lotus root chips. They are very popular vegetable in Japan. You can't miss it at any grocery stores. They are sold fresh in mud or washed. I usually pick up ones in mud since they will stay fresh much longer. When I was a student in South Bend, Indiana, at a grocery store I found cannted lotus roots in slices, but its taste was terrible. They had lost a crunchy taste of its texture. There is nothing better than fresh.
The most popular way of cooking is boiled and sliced lotus roots in sweet vinegar. You see, its appearance is very decorative with many holes. From this shape, it has been said that we can prospect our future through these holes. Lotus roots are considered as one of the auspicious vegetable to eat on a happy occasion. In fact sliced lotus roots in sweet vinegar are must for the New Year dishes.
Other than this, we often boil or fry with other vegetables with soy sauce. They make good deep fried "tempura" as well. Children love this crispy "lotus root chips" so much and so do I.
Did you ever try lotus roots?