Just in time for summer here is a hot n’ spicy dish that matches the heat of a sunny day! Braised Bamboo Shoots in Hot Meat Sauce is a great complement to a summer evening and goes well with lemonade, chilled white wine or even a festive daiquiri!
If using fresh bamboo shoots, remove the tough outer skin and cook in boiling water for 40 minutes. Add two red peppers to the water to help remove the bitterness of the bamboo.
Here’s what you need to prepare your Braised Bamboo Shoots:
- ¾ lbs. fresh or canned bamboo shoots
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 ½ tbsp lard
- ¼ lb ground pork
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 ½ tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tsp chili sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
- ¼ cup stock
- 2 tbsp dry sherry
- 2 tsp sesame oil
Here’s how to prepare your Braised Bamboo Shoots:
- Cut bamboo shoots into ½ inch triangular wedges.
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the bamboo shoots and stir-fry for 2 ½ minutes. Remove from the pan.
- Add the lard to the pan and let it melt. Once melted, add the pork, garlic and scallions.
- Stir fry for four minutes.
- Add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili sauce, sugar and tomato paste. Mix well.
- Stir in the stock and sherry.
- Return the bamboo shoots to the pan and turn them in the sauce until well coated.
- Cover the pan and simmer gently for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Stir in the sesame oil and serve hot.
If cooked properly, the pork should be just tender with a little liquid left in the dish.
For more delicious bamboo recipes, visit Green Earth News Bamboo Flavors section!