Karashi Renkon

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Appears in
Living Shojin Ryori

By Danny Chu

Published 2018

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Karashi renkon is lotus root stuffed with mustard miso. This nutritious dish was said to be first created by a Zen monk for a Japanese lord who had a poor appetite. It needs a bit more preparation work but the actual cooking time is rather short. Enjoy the process!


  • 7–9 cm (2¾ – 3½-in) length (about 200 g / 7 oz) <


Remove excess water from momen tofu by wrapping it with paper towels. Place it in a shallow bowl. Weigh it down evenly with a plate. After 30 minutes, peel off the paper towels and mash tofu.

Prepare konbu dashi. Add vinegar, sugar and salt and bring to the boil. Then add lotus root, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

To prepare the mustar