Bamboo Soup

Young Bamboo Sprout Soup with Dried Shrimps

Ingredients
  • 3 cups sliced bamboo sprouts or shoots
  • 1/2 cup powdered dried shrimps
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 5 cups water
  • Large pinch turmeric
  • A few sprigs Indian basil

How to cook

Buy prepared bamboo and cut in 1/8-inch thick slices. 1 1/2-inch square. (Or dig up a pagoda sprout of bamboo when 1 inch high. take tenderness parts. soak in water at least 2 days. changing water several times. Take tender parts only.) Rub together and mix: oil. shrimp paste. bamboo slices. turmeric. dried shrimps. salt. and fish sauce. Put into pot with 5 cups water and bring to boil. Let boil 3 to 5 minutes till bamboo is tender. add basil. and serve.

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