For my readers from the West, this might be an interesting recipe, however, possibly unattainable. Availability of this flower or its shoots, for you, are a mystery to me as we can plunk down about 25 cents and leave the fresh market with a few pounds of tender lotus flower shoots everyday.
The taste is distinctive, and unlikely to be replicated with a substitute. If you are unable to access lotus flower shoots, please at least let your imagination take you off to dream about our exotic home.
In Buddhism the “Buddha” flower, is sacred. According to local tradition, the portion of the plant that lives under the water is edible. But, the good news is there are other varieties of the lotus flower.
This one is widely used in our neck of the woods, and won’t result in any negative karma.