How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)
Dabong, labong, also known as bamboo shoots. It's delicious, healthy, and so darn hard to find! And in most cases, you are usually buying it from a tin can from your favorite grocery store. In this video, I will show you how you can easily prepare bamboo shoots from scratch, and by scratch I mean buying fresh labong or dabong from your farmer's market.
Now a bit of tip, when it comes to buying bamboo shoots, its not just grabbing the trunk from a typical bamboo. Ask the vendor if they are selling YOUNG bamboo shoots.
- Cut the bottom part of the bamboo root (about 1 inch from the bottom)
- Peel off the layers 'til you reach the white soft part.
- Cut the root in thin slices for faster cooking time. Optional, if you want a large piece of the shoots, just cut them diagonally in half.
- Boil a large pot of water, once boiling, add a tablespoon of salt.
- Add the bamboo shoots in the boiling water, cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bamboo shoots is no longer bitter and has enough crunch.
- Drain the water out, and let it cool.
- Store in containers and place it in your fridge/freezer for future use.