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Sweetened Lotus Slices

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Sweetened Lotus Slices
1 large lotus root, a pound or more
1 Tablespoon lemon juice or rice vinegar
1/2 cup glutinous rice
2 Tablespoons ground pork
1 cup Chinese brown rock sugar or use plain brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon maltose
1. Peel lotus root and brush with the juice or the vinegar to prevent its turning brown. Cut a half-inch end off both ends of the lotus root, and reserve them.
2. Mix rice and pork and using a chop stick and going from both ends, stuff rice mixture into the holes of the lotus root. Secure the cut off ends with toothpicks.
3.Put the lotus root into a pot, cover with water, and simmer for one hour. Then add the sugar and the cornstarch mixed with one tablespoon of cold water, and the maltose. Steam for one more hour.
4. Remove lotus root from the liquid, remove the tooth picks and discard the cut ends before cutting them into six slices each. Put these on a small platter.
5. Reduce the liquid, boiling it, until thick, and pour over the cut slices, then serve.

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