Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Sesame

In Korea, cooks typically create stir-fries with just one kind of vegetable—lotus root, say, or potatoes. David Chang decided to break with tradition and stir-fry an assortment of vegetables, including Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. Also unconventional is the maple syrup he adds to the dish; there are maple trees all around South Korea but not much maple syrup.

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  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 pound Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed and sliced 1/3 inch thick
  • 2 carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 parsnips, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh lotus root, peeled and sliced (about 5 ounces), optional
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • A few drops of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, parsnips and potatoes and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for about 20 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender.

  2. Add the sliced lotus root to the skillet along with the maple syrup and soy sauce. Cook the vegetables over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce becomes syrupy and the vegetables are glazed, about 8 minutes. Stir the sesame oil, sesame seeds and sliced scallions into the vegetables and serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing

This slightly sweet stir-fry has enough substance for a light red wine, like Dolcetto from Italy's Piedmont region.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published March 2011

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