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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.
- 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