Bamboo Shoots~ Side Dish

December 02, 2010
bamboo shoots salad

We have deprived little pandas of their meal...  Bamboo shoots is a delicacy when we are far away from home. 
'Old Wives' Tale' ~ bamboo shoots is believed to have cause 'wind' and whoever has arthritis should avoid bamboo shoot altogether

I was trying out this recipe yesterday... preparing pickled bamboo shoots for our dinner as a side dish. The smell of pickled bamboo shoots is horrid (smell like urea....) and it stays in the kitchen or house for a very long time...

The minute Mr H walked in the house... I could see his face started to twitch...
Mr H : What's that smell??
Me : hmm... bamboo shoots
Mr H: I think I need some air...
and he immediately opened the front door and kitchen door... hoping that the breeze would clear the odour.
So yes ... the smell of pickled bamboo shoots can be a 'Put Off' ... even to our Asian nose ...

Basic ingredients ..

400g Bamboo shoots - purchased from Asian Grocer
2 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 shallots - thinly sliced
4 sprigs of spring onion - thinly sliced
1 chilli - julienne
12-15 young mint leaves
3 tablespoon of glutinous rice -
1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds

  1. Wash Bamboo shoots and place on kitchen paper. Cut into thin strips
  2. Mix fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and shallots in a bowl. Leave it aside
  3. Roast (dry)the glutinous rice in a pan until golden in colour, once cooled, use pestle and mortar or processor and ground into a semi fine texture.
  4. Roast (dry) sesame seeds. Leave it aside.
  5. Mix bamboo shoots, fish sauce dressing, chilli, spring onion and grounded glutinous rice in a salad bowl
  6. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds
Bamboo Shoots salads

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  1. Hmm, first time I knew you could use rebung this way. I only knew to masak lemak cili api with udang. rajinlah you....dah lama tak beli rebung:(

  2. LOL! My husband responded almost like your Mr H. Well, I agree those bamboo shoots (酸笋)do smell odd, but they taste great! Very appetizing!

  3. Kak Yati
    I love masak lemak cili padi :)

  4. Angie,
    The odour still lingers...

  5. My husband can't take the smell too. I only have used them in Thai green curry. Thanks for introducing me to this recipe. Very interesting. May try it soon.

  6. Ellie,
    But my hubby is from Penang :D
    May be his nose has been Aussified( if there is a word) :)

  7. Sometimes I can't take the smell too. But I believe really fresh bamboo shoots does not smell at all! Good in a light stir-fry!

  8. What an interesting dish! looks delicious!

  9. tigerfish,
    you are right... the fresh bamboo shoots has no 'yucky' smell..

  10. I can't take the smell too! Smells and tastes weird IMO.

  11. pigpigscorner,
    The smell is really strong... its an acquired smell rather than taste... for bamboo shoots :)