When I saw lotus root at my local Japanese market, I knew it was time to experiment with lotus chips. My recent go-round with baked root vegetables was such a striking disappointment that I decided the only way to tackle lotus was to fry it. I can't say I necessarily made the right decision. While awesomely crispy and perfect in color, the chips did come out slightly oilier than I would have liked. Whether the fault of the type of oil, the frying temperature I used, or the fact that lotus root is meant to be baked, not fried, I don't know. I will be experimenting more in the future.
None of this stopped me from gobbling a whole batch of them - let me be clear about that. Crispy and salty and open to receiving whatever melange of spices you choose to infuse them with, lotus chips are an awesome snack for any time of year.
And yes, these are awesome with a Spicy Celery Cocktail!
Step 1: Slicing
Slice your lotus root very thinly. My mandoline was not slicing them as thin as I liked so I did them by hand. Methinks it's time for a new mandoline!
Step 2: Fry (or Bake)
If you decide to go the oven-baked route, I would recommend tossing the slices in a little bit of oil and seasoning, and baking for ~20 minutes in a 400F oven. Be sure to check on them and turn the tray halfway through.