How to Prepare and Cook Bamboo Shoots (Labong/Dabong)

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. 


  1. Cut the bottom part of the bamboo root (about 1 inch from the bottom) 
  2. Peel off the layers 'til you reach the white soft part. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Boil a large pot of water, once boiling, add a tablespoon of salt. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Drain the water out, and let it cool. 
  7.  Store in containers and place it in your fridge/freezer for future use. 



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