Stir-fried fresh bamboo shoots with asparagus and tomatoes.(Photo/Shine.cn)
The shoot must be cooked fully for a long time, as fresh shoots contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide.
It's perfect to stew the bamboo shoots with oil and soup stock, as well as pairing it with pork.
And after Qingming, the extra bamboo shoots can be pickled, sun-dried or smoked.
One of Goh's new dishes for The COOK's buffet is the longxu bamboo shoot and pigeon egg stew, using a unique variety of bamboo shoot native to Emei Mountain that translates as dragon’s whiskers because of its shape.
And the dried bamboo shoot is ideal for making soup.
He also offered an easy recipe to enjoy the season's bamboo shoots: Stew the fresh shoots in butter with asparagus and tomatoes, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
It's a very simple yet surprisingly rich dish that highlights the sweetness of bamboo shoots.