This fragrant pond leaf is a great way to add a subtle sweetness to different Chinese foods. The lotus leaf is famous for its high water repellency which is great for cooking and steaming as it helps the food that it is wrapped in pick up its natural flavours ... What?: Leaf of the Lotus flower / plant

How?: Soak in hot water for at least 1 hour to re-hydrate before use. Used to wrap rice or meats and often steamed to give a dish a very unique, earthy and sweet fragrance

Where?:

Most large Chinese supermarkets will stock lotus leaves.Wing Yip definitely stock them ( www.wingyip.com)

Keep it in a dry cupboard once opened