I made the pomegranate iced tea with maple syrup and it's the best iced tea EVAH!!! I also made the fried rice- no lotus root. The woman working at Whole Foods looked at me like I had 2 heads when I asked for it. She never heard of it before. Sooo- I put tofu in and it was awesome. Didn't taste like it was missing anything. The dark sesame oil is so yummy, I never used this before. Thanks Alicia!!