stewed bamboo shoots

(priscilla) bamboo shoot is not a popular ingredient in the cantonese kitchen. cantonese people, including my mom and my uncles’ wives, think it is “poisonous” to the body. so it seldomly appears on our dining table. the dilemma is, my dad’s family is shanghainese. we, including my dad, my sister, my uncles, my cousins, and surely me, love bamboo shoots.

every year, we look forward to this one day when we visit my great aunt on lunar new year. she always cooks this deliciously stinky stewed bamboo shoot dish that is legendarily difficult to make. but it is so loved, that it usually disappears within minutes.

today, i saw this packaged bamboo shoots in the wet market. i decided to challenge myself by recreating my great aunt’s recipe. hopefully this will impress my uncles who are coming over for dinner tomorrow.

this dish, i realized, is not hard to make, but it takes patience to prepare. the packaged bamboo shoots have this intense pungent smell that is very unpleasant. it needs to be washed and blanched over and over again, about 3 times, before it can be cooked.

packaged bamboo shoots 1 lb
pork belly 1/2 lb
fermented bean curd 3 bricks
oyster sauce 2 tbsp
light soy sauce 1 tbsp
dark soy sauce 1 tbsp
chu hou paste 1 tsp
water 3 cup

  • gently wash the bamboo shoots in a bowl of water
  • blanch them in boiling water for 2 min. strain and wash under cold running water
  • repeat the blanch and wash process for 2 more times. then strain and put aside
  • prepare the sauce by mixing the fermented bean curds, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and chu hou paste
  • cut the pork belly into small pieces, about 1/2 inch size
  • in a pot, heat 2 tbsp of oil and lightly brown the pork belly
  • add the sauce to the pork belly, stir well
  • add the bamboo shoots and water
  • turn heat to low-medium and stew for 2 hours, or 30 min with a pressure cooker
stewed bamboo shoots

packaged bamboo shoots

stewed bamboo shoots

blanch and wash 3x

use 3 bricks of fermented bean curd

use 3 bricks of fermented bean curd

chu hou paste

chu hou paste is a common cooking sauce made from soybeans, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds

rustic

reminds me of my aunt’s recipe

 

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