Water-blanch lotus rings in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Dust lotus rings with cornstarch and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients; mix thoroughly. Spread 1 tablespoon filling onto a lotus ring and sandwich with another lotus ring.
Heat wok over medium-high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Pan-fry lotus root pockets for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain excess oil and add water; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch solution and stir until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over lotus pockets to serve.
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