英文:What to do with Bamboo Shoots

What are bamboo shoots?  They are the new edible sprouts of bamboo trees.  Digging up bamboo shoots is a popular hobby in spring, although you can easily buy them at any supermarket during this time.  

I got 2 big bamboo shoots from a friend the other day and have been trying to come up with unique ideas on what to do with them.  Although they shrank in size after peeling, they are still quite big and need to be used up within a few days.  They are best used within a week of harvesting because that’s when they’re freshest.  They go bad pretty quickly, so you should never buy more than you intend to use.

Of course I’m going to make the customary steamed rice dish with them - 炊き込みご飯.  But I think that they’d also go well with Chinese fried rice.  The best fried rice is made with Jasmine rice - or Thai rice - that has been left in the fridge overnight.  If you have leftover Jasmine rice, spring onions, and eggs, you won’t have any problem making fried rice with bamboo shoots.

Another unusual way you could use bamboo shoots is by throwing them into some coconut curry.  They absorb the flavor of whatever liquid they’re added to, so it just makes sense to include them in Thai curry.  You’re going to need quite a few ingredients for this curry, including coconut milk and the curry powder - or paste - unless you can find a curry kit that comes with everything in one box.  

Bamboo shoots can easily be added to any dish.  Try throwing them into yakisoba, omerice, or a frying pan of stir fried vegetables.  You can also use them as a topping for ramen, tofu, or fried chicken.  

Vocabulary:

  • Edible 食べられる
  • Shrink - shrank (past)  縮む 
  • Peel 剥く
  • Customary 慣習となってる
  • Absorb 吸収する