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February 24, 2012

Bamboo Shoots, Stir Fried and Soup

by tina

It’s been a while since my last post. During the past month, I’ve traveled to Asia and back. Had a bunch of delicious foods and learned some new recipes that I can’t wait to attempt to make and share!

From this trip, I brought back some fresh whole bamboo shoots that my relatives had harvested for me. Since they are highly perishable, I’ve had it just about everyday since I’ve gotten back and have learned to cook them two ways =)

Stir Fried recipe – Bamboo Shoots with Pork Belly


  • 2-3 whole bamboo shoots, small to medium sized (picture shows whole and halves)
  • ~0.5 lbs pork belly, thin sliced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2-2 1/2 tbsps soy sauce (to taste) *this measurement will be split in 2 parts.
  • 2 star anises
  • 1/4 cup water
  • five spice powder
  • sugar


Slice the bamboo shoots into thin and smaller pieces. Slice the pork belly into small pieces (where you can see the short layering of fat, meat, fat, meat. not sure what that kind of cut it’s called).

Turn the temperature to high. When the pan is hot, place the vegetable oil in. Place the garlic in when the oil is hotter. Stir the garlic until you smell the aroma/turning golden light brown. Add the sliced pork belly in. Stir around and when it is half cooked, add 1 tbsp of soy sauce in. Mix thoroughly. Add the 2 star anises. Continue to mix until the pork belly seems more cooked.

Add the sliced bamboo shoots in. Mix. Add the water. Stir for 1-2 mins. Add another 1-1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (to taste). Stir and mix thoroughly. 

Add a thin layer of five spice powder all around. Dash a little bit of sugar. Mix. Turn the temperature down to medium and let it simmer and cook for 5-7 mins to let the flavors seep in. Stir when needed.

Look at this yumness =D

Soup recipe – Bamboo Shoots with Pork Ribs


  • 2-3 whole bamboo shoots, small to medium sized (picture shows whole and halves)
  • ~0.5 lbs (or 4 strips) pork ribs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ~4 cups water
  • salt


First, in a pot, boil about 4 cups of water.  After the water comes to a boil, place the strips of ribs in. Continue boiling until you see a little bit of blood coming out of the bones (about 2 minutes). Turn the temperature off and bring the pot over to the sink.  Drain the hot water immediately and then run cold water through the pot. Wash the pork, especially where the bone is to rid of any bone shards (wouldn’t want those to end up in the soup).  Then cut the ribs into small pieces keeping the bone in the center of each piece.

(You may think that boiling the ribs for this first step may be a waste of perfectly good pork soup, but I’ve tried it before where I didn’t boil it and the soup just ended up looking cloudy, and there were pieces of bone shards, so it makes the soup less enjoyable in my opinion).

Slice the bamboo shoots into thin slices.

Place the water in the pot. Smash the 2 garlic cloves and place them in as well. Turn the temperature to high. When the water comes to a boil, place the ribs in.  Place the lid over the pot and let it boil for a good 3 mins. When you open the lid, you’ll probably see some marrow and fat floating on the surface of the soup.  Scoop out the marrow and skim the fat.  Some people, like me, like to leave some fat in for more flavor.

Let it boil for another 3 mins.  Add the sliced bamboo shoots in. Wait for it to reach a boil again. Add salt to taste (I put about 1/2 tsp). Continue boiling for a minute or so and then bring the temperature down to medium low.  Let the soup cook for another 12-15 mins.

I’ve also experimented in making bamboo shoots with chicken soup, and it did not taste as good as pork.

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