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Bamboo shoots

What are bamboo shoots? About the ingredient bamboo shoots. Including 161 recipes with bamboo shoots, nutrition data, and where to find it.


The inner white part of the young shoot of the bamboo, a tropical plant, prepared by stripping off the tight, tough overlapping outer sheaths of the plant. The shoots are then cut into strips and are ready for cooking.

Bamboo shoots are a basic ingredient in Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cooking. There are different kinds depending on the season (winter, early spring and spring bamboo shoots; summer ones are bitter), and sizes from one inch to eight inches in diameter.

Not all bamboo plants produce edible shoots. It is essential that the bamboo shoots should be young in order to be tender.

In the US, we buy bamboo shoots in cans, peeled, chunked, boiled and ready to use. They are imported from China, Japan and Taiwan and come packed in either water or a brine.

Bamboo shoots are used mainly as fillers in Chinese cooking; their flavor is similar to an artichoke. They can be deep-fried, pickled, or added to soups, stews, and other dishes in much the same way as mushrooms are used.

If a recipe calls for fewer bamboo shoots than are contained in a can, the remaining shoots can be kept for a considerable amount of time by covering them with cold water in a clean glass jar with an airtight lid and kept in the warmest location in the refrigerator. The water should be changed at least every other day.

Nutritive food value – 3 ½ ounces of drain canned bamboo shoots contain 27 calories.



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (1/8" slices) (131g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 24Calories from Fat 4
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4.2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars 2.5
Protein 2.3g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Bamboo shoots are usually found in the asian section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Bamboo shoots are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do bamboo shoots weigh?

measure grams
1 cup (1/8" slices) 131
1 can (303 x 406) 262

In Chinese:竹笋
British (UK) term: Bamboo shoots
en français:pousses de bambou
en español:brotes de bambú

Recipes using bamboo shoots

There are 144 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Asian Sweet and Sour Cod
Beef & Vegetable Stir-Fry
Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms
Chicken Almond Guy Din
Delicious Kung Pao Chicken
Hot and Sour Mushroom Soba Soup
Hunan Hot and Sour Chicken
Mama D's Sweet Dragon’s Breath Stir Fry
Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Vegetables
Shrimp Flavored Beef over Rice
Singapore Satay (1 of 2)

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