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These young bamboo shoots are harvested when still tender and edible. The thick outer husks are removed to reveal the tender shoots. The shoots must be cut to preference and boiled to remove any bitterness. Once boiled, the shoots can be used in various ways, such as in soup or stir-frying.
How to eat tender bamboo shoots
To prepare the bamboo for cooking in your dishes, you must first cut away the outer husks to reveal the tender flesh inside. Next, you have to cut or slice up the bamboo to your desired liking. Finally, put the bamboo in boiling water for about 45 minutes to an hour to help get rid of bitterness. A second boiling may be needed for those who like the bamboo to be less bitter in taste. The water from the initial boiling must be dumped out and replaced with fresh water. This will help get rid of any bitter taste. Everyone has their own personal preference and will boil the shoots according to their taste. After this procedure, the bamboo shoots are ready for you to cook with. The bamboo can be put into soup, deep-fried, stir-fried, grilled, steamed, or be made into a salad dish. Fresh bamboo involves a lot of prep work, but it is so worth the effort. The fresh taste and texture are superior to the canned bamboo.