Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 36 – Bamboo Shoots (A Bite of Liuzhou)

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This time round it’s bamboo shoots.

Fresh bamboo shoot

Most bamboo shoots (竹笋) found in the west are canned or bottled, but Liuzhou is famous for its fresh bamboo shoots. So much so that it was featured in the first episode of the recent, hugely popular television series 舌尖上的中国 or A Bite of China.

The following is my rough translation of the description of bamboo shoots from the book of the series.

A Bite of China – page 23

Bamboo shoots

Alternative title: Bamboo production

Origin: Suichang, Zhejiang; Liuzhou, Guangxi

Selection criteria: fresh bamboo shoots’ roots are “mole” red, skin colour bright yellow, with a blush of pink or yellow, flesh white like jade.

Spacing between nodes should be close, texture plump.

Nutritional value: rich in protein, full of acid, fat, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamins and others

Food Combinations, Good and Bad

Suitable combinations:

Bamboo shoots and kidney: benefits kidney and urinary tract.

Bamboo shoots and pork: lower blood sugar

Bamboo shoots and egg: maintenance of the skin, digestive health

Bamboo shoots and oyster: promotes healing of wounds, prevent colds

Combinations to avoid:

Bamboo shoots and sheep liver: reduces the nutritional value

Bamboo shoots and brown sugar: easy formation of harmful substances

Bamboo shoots and squid: reduces the body’s absorption of calcium

Health effects: appetite, bowel functions, lung, strengthens the immune system

Storage: fresh bamboo shoot to be stored should not be peeled, otherwise they will lose their fragrance. Store in airtight containers, out of direct sunlight. Should be placed in a cool dry place.

Classic dishes: Suitable for stir frying, roasting, stewing in soy sauce, tossed in sauce, particularly improves meat cookery.

Common dishes include stir fried bamboo shoots and shiitake mushrooms with pork, spring bamboo shoots with fish, spring bamboo shoots with bacon, bamboo shoots and chicken stew, etc.

Bamboo shoots very easily absorb the flavours of other foods. They are “masters” at gaining advantage from both sides.

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