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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Braised Bamboo Shoots

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To truly experience the wondrous joy of Chinese New Year (this year being the Year of the Horse), one must surround themselves with color, joy, laughter and great food. You don't have to be Chinese to celebrate this festive time of the year and many cities across American will be holding parades to honor the Year of the Horse during the 15-day celebration. Personally, I can't think of a better way of celebrating than with some classic dishes from China (real Chinese food, not Americanized Chinese food).

Now if you're not versed in Asian cuisine, you might be wondering where to buy bamboo shoots. Any market which has an Asian section sells bamboo shoots. They come in a can (like a tuna can) and the ingredients should only state bamboo and water. They come sliced, so need for any work on your part with that. As far as the mushrooms are concerned, you can use whatever fresh mushroom you like best, but I would not use portobello mushrooms as the taste of that mushroom might overpower the bamboo shoots.

Ingredients needed to make Braised Bamboo Shoots (serves 4 as a side dish):

  • ¼ cup corn oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups bamboo shoots, rinsed
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 Tbs. dry sherry

Steps:

  1. In a medium sauté pan or skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and bamboo shoots and sauté 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover and cook 15 minutes before serving.

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