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Bamboo Pork Stir Fry

Bamboo Pork Stir Fry

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Bamboo Pork Stir Fry ( Sǔn jiān ròu sī 筍尖肉絲 ) is a yummy dish I love ordering at Chinese restaurants! As it turns out, it’s also not difficult to make at home either – Here’s how to make it step by step!

What are bamboo shoots?

When you think of bamboo, do you think of bamboo trees that’s green and pretty hard? Can you imagine eating that? It would be horrible! Good thing we’re not eating that!

Bamboo shoots aka bamboo sprouts are actually the tiny beginning shoots of those bamboo trees, and when it is just sprouting it is still soft, and edible! They are often times used as veggies in lots of Asian cuisine. You can buy them fresh, dried and canned.

For this recipe – I am using fresh bamboo as a family friend grows them in their yard so we got some! They actually really wanted to give them away or other wise there will be too many bamboo trees. However, you can easily make this with canned bamboo shoots too.

Are bamboo shoots good for you?

Yes it is! Bamboos are very nutritious! They are a great source of protein, fiber and minerals. They are full of antioxidants too, and have vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and more.

What do bamboo shoots taste like?

Bamboo shoots are tender and crunchy. They remind me of baby corn but much more delicious in my opinion. They have a slight hint of sweetness, and cooked in this dish it goes super well with pork.

Where to buy bamboo shoots?

Fresh bamboo shoots can usually be purchased from your local Asian supermarket. However if you can’t find any, you can usually find canned bamboo shoots in the ethnic/international aisle of some American grocery stores, or you can even order canned bamboo shoots off Amazon!

Shredding pork Chinese style

When you hear “shredded pork”, you probably think of pulled pork. However, in a lot of Chinese dishes, shredded pork is when you slice or julienne the pork in to thin strips.

This method really helps the dish become flavorful as there’s more area of the pork to touch the marinade/sauce/seasoning.

You could just take a good sharp knife and slice it in to thin strips, however, if you find that challenging, you can also try freezing the meat first. When you remove from freezer, and allow it to defrost enough to cut through, the slightly frozen pork will be easier to slice.

How to make Pork Bamboo Stir Fry

First gather your ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb pork, thinly sliced/shredded
  • Marinade:
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tsp cornstarch
    • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 8 oz bamboo shoots, sliced in to thin strips
  • Salt, as desired
  • 1 scallion, chopped or cut in to 1 inch
  • Dried red peppers, optional

Now we will prepare the ingredients. Slice pork tenderloin very thinly so that they are strips. Slice bamboo in to thin strips.

Marinade the pork:

In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients (oil, cornstarch, soy sauce) with pork and mix well. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.

Heat up a cooking pan or wok, and add cooking oil on medium high heat for about 30 seconds or until the pan/wok is heated, and then add the sliced pork.

Stir fry for about 2 minutes or until the pork has just browned. Remove pork from the cooking pan and set aside, but keeping the oil still in the pan.

Add bamboo shoots, scallions, dried red peppers (optional) to pan, salt as desired and stir fry for about 5 minutes or until bamboo and pork is cooked thoroughly.

Remove from heat and serve!

Bamboo Pork Stir Fry

Bamboo Pork Stir Fry

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Bamboo Pork Stir Fry ( Sǔn jiān ròu sī 筍尖肉絲 ) is a yummy dish I love ordering at Chinese restaurants! As it turns out, it’s also not difficult to make at home either – Here’s how to make it step by step!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb pork, thinly sliced/shredded
  • 8 oz bamboo shoots, sliced in to thin strips
  • Salt, as desired
  • 1 scallion, chopped or cut in to 1 inch
  • Dried red peppers, optional

Marinade:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions

    1. Slice pork tenderloin very thinly so that they are strips. Slice bamboo in to thin strips.
    2. In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients (oil, cornstarch, soy sauce) with pork and mix well. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
    3. Heat up a cooking pan or wok, and add cooking oil on medium high heat for about 30 seconds or until the pan/wok is heated, and then add the sliced pork.
    4. Stir fry for about 2 minutes or until the pork has just browned. Remove pork from the cooking pan and set aside, but keeping the oil still in the pan.
    5. Add bamboo shoots, scallions, dried red peppers (optional) to pan, and stir fry for about 5 minutes or until bamboo and pork is cooked thoroughly.
    6. Remove from heat and serve!

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