Tips for choosing delicious dried bamboo shoots
First of all, in order to choose a delicious dried bamboo shoot soup, you need to select flavorful bamboo shoots. You should choose fresh bamboo shoots rather than ones that have been stored for a long time, and when you smell the bamboo shoots, you should smell their natural fragrance instead of the smell of preservatives. The more preservatives the bamboo shoots have, the more harmful they are and the less delicious they will be when consumed.
In addition, you should check whether the bamboo shoots are tender or not by checking the base of the shoots. If the bamboo shoots are tender and fresh, they will not be too hard or tough when touched. If the shoots are hard and tough, it indicates that they are old and when cooked, they will become dry and fibrous. Therefore, you should not choose this type of bamboo shoots.
Ingredients for cooking delicious dried bamboo shoot soup
500g dried bamboo shoots
1 pig trotter
Seasonings: seasoning powder, fish sauce, dried onions, green onions, and chives
How to cook delicious dried bamboo shoot soup for Tet
Step 1: Prepare the dried bamboo shoots and ingredients
Wash the dried bamboo shoots, soak them overnight to fully expand (you can soak them for 2-3 nights, changing the water daily), then tear or cut them into small pieces as desired. Peel and wash the dried onions, then finely chop them; rinse and finely chop the green onions and chives.
For the pig trotter, remove the hair, wash it clean, and cut it into pieces or leave it whole. Rinse the bones clean. Put the trotter and bones in a pot of boiling water for a few seconds, then rinse them with water to clean.
Next, put the torn bamboo shoots into the pot, pour enough water to cover them, and boil them a few times until the boiling water turns white. Remove the bamboo shoots, rinse them again with cold water to remove any preservatives from the bamboo shoots and ensure food safety.
Step 2: Stir-fry the bamboo shoots before cooking
First, heat the pan, add oil, stir-fry the onions until fragrant, then add the bamboo shoots and stir-fry them briefly with 1/2 teaspoon of seasoning powder and 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce to absorb the flavors.
Step 3: Simmer the bamboo shoots
Bring a large pot to a boil, add water, pig trotter, bones, and 1 teaspoon of seasoning powder, simmer for about 30-40 minutes, removing any impurities to keep the broth clear. Then, add the stir-fried bamboo shoots to the pot with the simmering trotter and bones. Continue cooking until the bamboo shoots are tender, and the trotter is tender. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
Step 4: Finished product