Thursday, February 25, 2010

Peeling bamboo shoots

Bamboo shoot

Bamboo shoot. The Shanghainese love using this delicious, versatile ingredient in a variety of dishes. It comes into season in the winter. These are the baby shoots of massive bamboo trees - almost like asparagus, these are harvested before they barely penetrate the surface. They have a tough layer of protective skin that overlaps, and shrinks upwards, revealing its tender heart. The first step is to slowly strip away this outer layer...


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