Lotus root/Renkon salad

This is a scheduled post, currently I am away for vacation therefore sorry for any late response on comment.

Since I start doing bento, Lotus root had become a staple in my kitchen however the challenge with this unique ingredient is you can’t buy them in small qty.

A piece of Lotus root is big enough for  several times bento side dish where in most of the case the rest of them are turn into my favorite snack Lotus root chips until a friend of mine told me about this Lotus root salad.  She doesn’t give me the exact measurement of the recipe, it was based on your own sense and taste , I tried to make it and I love it.

This is my result (I am running out of ham, so I only use 1 slice, ideally I will add more ham into the salad)

Lotus root salad

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 – 1/2 lotus root depending on the size, slice thinly and immediately soaked them into salted/ vinegar water.
  • 1/2 medium size cucumber,   cut into 2 sides, de-seed and sliced thinly and soaked them into cold salted water
  • 1-2 slices of ham, cut into small long  pieces
  • 1 to 2 table spoon vinegar
  • Pinch of Sugar to taste
  • Pinch of Salt to taste
  • Mayonnaise to taste


  1. Boiled a pot a water  mix with  vinegar inside and cook the lotus root for few minutes, drain and cool under running /ice water, drain and set aside.
  2. Wipe the sliced cucumbers and lotus roots with paper towel and toss them into salad bowl, add the sugar and salt and mayonaise, then the ham.
  3. Mix well and let them chill in the fridge.
  4. Keep the salad in clean container for bento stash or stock – max 3 days

Bento # 97 – Seafood mix Onigiri bento

I had  been feasting eating mooncake in the weekend and now have to reap the consequence,  some jump of numbers when stepping up on  weight scale this morning  😦

So  it’s time to go back to healthy dan small portion bento. Today bento is  all Japanese dish bento. The rice was mix with seafood furikake (Korean brand) while side dish are  Lotus root salad and Kani (imitation crab) salad and stir fry pumpkin.

Bento # 97 – Seafood mix Onigiri bento

This is the rice mix furikake (Seafood flavor) that I use in today Onigiri. Bought at Korean mart price at the price of  IDR 29,500 ( approx USD 3.1).

A pack of this  have 3 smaller pack inside,  I mix the smaller pack with medium portion of rice resulted to about 8 pieces Onigiri (keep the other 4 pieces for dinner). The picture on the packaging show hints of oranges color upon mixing to the rice, however I did not see many oranges ingredients in the furikake so my Onigiri looks more to the greenish color instead. And since the wording were all in Korean I am not sure whether they have instruction to add other ingredients on top of what in the pack. Well… photo on  packaging sometimes can be a bit misleading. Don’t you think so?