Bamboo Shoots with Pork

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 35m
  • Rating ****

Serves 4

It was in ancient China, in early Han times (202 BC-AD 220), that the delicately flavored shoot was discovered as a food. It is the tender young shoot of an edible bamboo plant from about 6 inches (15 cm) high. The creamy young shoot is considered a great delicacy in winter, having a more pronounced flavor than the spring bamboo shoot, which is more delicate in taste but possesses a crunchier texture.
Fresh bamboo shoots add a delicacy and refinement to dishes, as indicated in this simple dish.


  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine (available at Chinese stores) or dry sherry
  • 1/1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 10 ounces lean pork, sliced across the grain into fine 1 1/2-inch long julienne

  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 5 ounces bamboo shoots (available at Chinese stores), sliced to match the pork
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 scallions mainly white parts, cut into 1-inch lengths


Mix the marinade ingredients together and marinate the pork for 15 minutes.

Pour the peanut oil into a preheated wok and heat until the oil begins to smoke. Stir-fry the pork slices until the color changes, 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate.

Add the bamboo shoots, and toss quickly around the hot wok for 10-15 seconds. Add the soy sauce and sugar. Lower the heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Raise the heat to high. Return the pork and toss together quickly.

Sprinkle in the scallions and stir-fry for 1 minute to combine all of the ingredients. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2600

nutrition information per serving

258 calories; 19g total fat; 52mg cholesterol; 502mg sodium; 5g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 16g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

Sign Up for Newsletters Here

Delicious recipes, easy meal ideas and holiday inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.