I have yet to try the really fresh bamboo shoots, this kind that look like they were cut from the forest floor.
So what I usually buy are bamboo shoots in brine, pickled, canned, or dried. You can find them in most Asian grocery stores.
Sometimes I grab a few whole bamboo shoots from the open bins.
Or you can buy them pre-sliced.
They're also available in strips, wide and thin.
But for braising, I prefer dried bamboo shoots for the more concentrated flavor. Just soak them in hot water to soften before cooking.
And if you can find them, the dried brown bamboo shoots are much tastier than the yellow ones, which can be a little bitter.
Some of my bamboo shoots recipes:
Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
Potstickers with Ground Pork and Turkey, Bamboo Shoots, and Cabbage
Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp and Bamboo Shoots
Shio (Japanese Salt) Ramen
Thai Red Curry with Roast Duck, Bamboo Shoots, Eggplant, and Pumpkin
Thit Bo Kho voi Mang (Vietnamese Braised Beef with Bamboo Shoots)
Wontons with Ground Pork and Turkey, Bamboo Shoots, and Cabbage
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