Wednesday, February 6, 2008

No.15: Bamboo Shoot

Happy Chinese New Year!! Bamboo shoots are so yummy in chinese dishes!

1.Bamboo shoots are the edible shoots (the new bamboo culms that come out of the ground).

2. To prevent them from becoming bitter, avoid keeping them for long periods or exposing them to sunlight.

3.The shoots are harvested before they reach 30 cm (1 foot) in height, generally before they are two weeks old.

4.At harvesting, a shoot may contain as much as 90% water. The edible content of a newly harvested shoot is typically around 30%.

5.Drop into boiling water and cook for about 20 minutes uncovered, to allow bitter substances in the bamboo to dissipate.

Reference: World Wide Gourmet, Invista, Bamboo NMBA
Note: This bamboo shoot is seen holding & hording hong bao in its sheaths.
Hong bao
(Chinese) translates as red packet. Hong bao are usually given to young children or unmarried young adults by married couples or their elders as a gift, symbolic of blessings & good fortune. As the bamboo shoot is the young offspring of a whole network of bamboo plants, it is most suitable for it to be receiving hong bao
from its family members.

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