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How to boil bamboo shoots

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INGREDIENT­S:

2 or 3 raw bamboo shoots 20 grams rice bran

2 red chili peppers

DIRECTIONS:

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Cut off the very tips and roots of bamboo shoots. With the leafy covering on, make one vertical incision in one side of each bamboo shoot.

Put the bamboo shoots, rice bran and red chili peppers into a pot with enough water to cover. Place an otoshi buta drop lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about an hour.

Turn off the heat when a bamboo skewer can smoothly pierce the bamboo shoots. Leave the pot on the stove until the contents have cooled.

Rinse the bamboo shoots in water, peel the skins and immerse shoots in cold water.

Boiled bamboo shoots are delicious even if eaten plain, but they also work well as part of a meal. In the first dish, the chicken helps add a richness to the flavor.

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A vertical incision is made with the leafy coverings on.
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Tips of bamboo shoots are cut off before boiling.
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Coverings are peeled off after boiling.

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