A list of Asian taro recipes from sweet to savory
I used to misspell taro root as “tarot root” often. It’s not an everyday starch on the western table. But it’s a popular alternative to potato in Asian countries, and also a source of vitamins and minerals.
There are multiple ways to cook taro root, savory and sweet. So here is a list of taro root recipes that will fit in your lunch or dinner recipe.
What is taro root?
Taro, or Colocasia esculenta, is a plant grown mostly in Asia. The edible part we are talking about is the root. It’s starchy, high in carbs, with the texture similar to yam.
How to cook taro root?
Taro is a pretty versatile ingredient. It can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. The creamy yet powdery texture makes it a popular ingredient.
You may find it on a traditional Chinese menu: taro cake, taro steamed pork ribs, taro boiled duck, and taro pudding.
Can you eat taro raw?
Never. If you are cooking taro, make sure it’s cooked thoroughly.
Raw taro contains calcium oxalate content, which may cause gout or kidney stone. And it doesn’t taste so well raw.
Easy and tasty taro recipes
If you are staring at the taro you just get from the supermarket, and don’t know what to do about it, here is a list of Asian taro recipes to give you some ideas.
Dim-sum Chinese steamed pork ribs with taro
Perfect as a main course for a weekday dinner, this traditional Cantonese dish remains one of my favorite steam dishes.
No frying, no baking. If you don’t have much time for cooking tonight, give this Chinese pork ribs dish a try.
Colocasia roast taro root
I have never baked taro root. But these golden cuties from ChefInYou look so delicious.
If you want to switch your carbs a bit, give it a try!
Sweet taro pudding
Taro root is slightly sweet, which makes it perfect as a dessert ingredient. I have tried taro pudding in Singapore and couldn’t forget about it since.
The creamy taro and the nutty coconut flavor go so well together. Follow this tutorial to make your own!
Taro and yam fried rice
When we make fried rice, we usually add sausage to enhance the flavor. But if you are a vegetarian, this Malaysian-style fried rice from vermilionroots is for you.
The nutty flavor of taro makes up the lack of meat, enriching the texture of the dish. Follow the instructions to make your own.
Snowy taro root moon cake
Mooncake is a staple for the mid-autumn festival. But I have never tried mooncake with taro and coconut filling.
This sweet taro recipe from constellation inspiration is on my list this year. Can’t wait to make these.
Steamed taro cake
Steamed taro cake is one of my childhood favorites. It’s also one of the most loved dim sums.
If you want to get a bit hands-on, the video below will walk you through the steps.
So here are all the Asian taro recipes. Enjoy!