Spicy Bamboo Shoot Salad

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Most of my co-workers are gardeners.  It has been cold and raining so much that their gardens drowned, it’s so tragic. I’m fortunate that I have raised beds and the heavy rain falls drained well. One of my co-workers told me about her bamboo shoots, that it’s a nightmare trying to get rid of it. I told her that I eat them, and she has been bringing her bamboo shoots to me since. She brought a big bag to me today, and good timing since I just ran out of my last batch.

She couldn’t believe that it’s something eatable, and kept saying that only Asian people that could see trees as food. It’s actually good and healthy for you.  I told her that I would teach her how to eat them, so here goes.

First you have to take off the cover.

This is the eatable part of the bamboo shoot.

Lee helped splitting the bamboo shoot in half so that it would fit in the pot better.

You have to boil the bamboo shoot for at least half an hour.

Add 1/2 tsp of salt

Once the bamboo shoot is cooked you can eat it as is, or use it in your stir-fry.  I like to dip mine in hot sauce, and eat with rice.  My sister on the other hand likes to make bamboo shoot soup.

I also like to make spicy bamboo shoot salad, it’s my new favorite spicy salad at the moment.

The ingredients:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced cooked bamboo shoots
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs of shrimp paste
  • 3 chili peppers
  • 1 garlic cove
Smash with mortar and pestle
Here is my spicy bamboo shoot salad.
Photos and video were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.


      • Fresh bamboo shoots are quite difficult to find. Although, I’ve seen the tin ones around. I suspect the tin ones probably don’t taste as good for this dish? This dish would be delicious with sticky rice or khao boon?

        • It’s in season and plentiful in our area. The can bamboo shoots have a different flavor and aroma, might not be as good as fresh bamboo shoots for this dish. Serving it with sticky rice or khao boon sounds real good, I have to fix it next time.

  1. These shoots look very fresh and tasty. Spicy bamboo salad is something new to me… so I have to give that a try when I come upon a forest of bamboo shoots.

    Btw, great video tutorial. I just realized I’ve never had to prepare fresh bamboo shoots and it actually looks like fun. 🙂

    • Hi cn, my voice sounds funny in the video, Lee laughed at me the whole time. I learned to take off the cover from my second sister, and it’s very easy to prepare fresh bamboo shoots.

      I heard about a similar dish from PaNoy’s mom, so my version is a spinoff from hers. She made bamboo shoot hot sauce. Instead of tomatoes she uses lime juice and it sounds real good with sticky rice.

    • mozemoua, I’ve added peanuts in the spicy bamboo shoot salad the other day and it tasted real good. I would love to see how your mom make it.

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