Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cleaning bamboo shoots

Bamboo shoot

Now, after the outer skin is removed, you have to clean it up. There's not a lot of flesh in each shoot - the edible portion is tiny. A spiraling tower in shape, this is still not ready to touch heat. You have to carve the hard surface, so only the milky, pale yellow flesh remains. There should be no tough fibres once you're through.

It's a brutal process, as only about 25% of the original shoot remains. No sacrifice, no glory.

DF

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