Lotus Root Drink (นํ้ารากบัว)

by - December 17, 2014

Lotus root is one of very common ingredients in Thai cooking. In Thai, we call it Rak Bua, รากบัว. It's also quite healthy and used in medicine. Today we 're not going to be healthy because we 're going to add in sugar. However, I believe, if we're adding sugar, it's best to add it to healthier food. Am I right? 

It's very hard to describe how a lotus root tastes, but it is very similar to water chestnut and burduck root. It absorbs the flavors easily and depending on how you cook, it can be soft, firm or crunchy. Lotus root is also a very pretty veggie and will definitely wow whoever you're cooking for when it 's brought out. 

You gonna need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this delicious lotus root drink. So I hope you try making it some day and enjoy it with your loved ones. 

Below is my lotus root drink recipe

lotus root 300-350 grams
2,000 cc. water
5 pandan leaves 
rock sugar 1/3 cup
dark brown sugar 50 grams
6 tablespoon sugar
  1. Let's start with lotus root. We need to cut the veggie into thick slices to keep its crunchiness. And it's better to keep the skin intact for health benefits. 
  2. Then bring water to the boil, add in pandan leaves. Cook for 20 seconds, then remove and discard the leaves. Please be careful not to cook pandan leaves for too long, otherwise they will get bitter. 
  3. Add in lotus root and keep cooking until it is done. Add in sugar, rock sugar and dark brown sugar. When sugar dissolve completely, remove from heat. Serve cold.  


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  1. Wow! This is new way to have lotus roots! Can you do that? I'm going to make it! Awesome!

  2. I love lotus root drink very much, thx for good post.