Cheese Renkon Chips

Looking for a Japanese appetizer? Try this classic but with a cheesy twist. Cheese Renkon Chips or Cheese Lotus Root Chips is a dish of thinly sliced Lotus Roots deep fried till golden and crispy then topped with cheese powder.

The first time I tried Renkon chips was in a restaurant here in Auckland named renkon, I got intrigued becuase of its looks hence I ordered them and find out what is this entree many people commonly as a side dish. Once I got my order and gave it a try it was not what I was expecting, although it was deep fried it was nowhere the texture of French Fries or Sweet Potato Chips which is crispy on the outside but very soft on the inside, renkon chips was mostly crispy. Seasoned with just salt and green seaweed powder, it has that simple taste and I thought this can be better, so I made them at home and added some cheese powder, it was a game changer.

Renkon is a Japanese word for lotus root, as a root it is not as exciting when it is sliced. But when sliced it exposed that beautiful pattern that this root crop is known for, typically used on Asian soups and stews, Renkon Chips was the first recipe I know where it is fried. As mentioned above, the root itself has a mild flavour but adding flavoured powder makes it better, cheese powder was the first one that I thought of becuase we have a lot of it at home but I am sure barbecue powder, chipotle powder and others would work wonders too, and due to its larger surface area due to the holes, it can grab as much flavour as it can.

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Cheese Renkon Chips

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 32 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Japanese


Cheese Renkon Chips or Cheese Lotus Root Chips is a dish of thinly sliced Lotus Roots deep fried till golden and crispy then topped with cheese powder.


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  1. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice lotus roots.
  2. Combine 2 cups of water and rice vinegar in a bowl then soak lotus roots for 10 minutes.  Drain then rinse.
  3. Place drained lotus root on a paper towel lined plate in one layer. Repeat the process until lotus roots are dried off excess moisture.
  4. Prepare a deep fryer filled with enough oil, set to 180C then once it reached the temperature deep fry lotus roots until golden and crispy.
  5. Remove from fryer, remove excess oil then place in a large bowl, sprinkle cheese powder then toss to distribute flavour.
  6. Place in serving platters then serve.


8 Responses

  1. Bet they taste fantastic! Why simply said Lotus Root, because renkon sounds fancy?

  2. I love this, Raymund. Once, I was teaching some students how to make homemade Mac and cheese. It was early in the pandemic and there was no macaroni to be found… except in boxes with the cheese powder! So I bought it and always knew I would find a use for the cheese powder! Thanks!

    • Raymund says:

      There you go, I had the same issue before but not with mac and cheese but with ramen noodles. Cant find a fresh one and only the ones you get in packets (BTW I grabbed a good quality one), kept the seasonings but used them on other instances as well

  3. Gina Ramos says:

    This would be good for New Year’s Eve while waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square. Maybe I’ll use some Korean spicy powder with it too.

  4. I’ve only lotus root once or twice in my life, and I definitely never cooked with it. This looks absolutely terrific, and I bet it tastes good.

  5. suituapui says:

    Lotus root. Not sure if I’ve tried it. Here, arrowroot chips are very popular.

  6. Hannah says:

    Yummm, I do love lotus roots! They’re always so crisp and refreshing. I’ve only made chips in the air fryer before.

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