Fresh Bamboo Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers
Garlic and ginger infuse thinly sliced fresh bamboo shoots with plenty of flavor, while red bell pepper adds color and sweetness. Jenny Huang

To remove the skin when preparing fresh bamboo, make a shallow cut lengthwise down the skin, then peel away and discard it. Cut off the in­edible thicker end of the shoot. Never wash fresh bamboo with water, which can give it an unpleasant flavor. Instead, use a dry towel to brush away any dust or dirt.

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Fresh Bamboo Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers Fresh Bamboo Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers
Bamboo shoots and red bell pepper are cooked with ginger and garlic over high heat in this quick and easy side dish.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 tsp. potato starch
  • 2 Tbsp. lard or vegetable oil for stir-frying
  • One 1-inch piece fresh ginger (½ oz.), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh bamboo shoots (1¾ lb.), peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 12 small red bell pepper (2 oz.), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallions, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, add the potato starch and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cold water; stir well to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a wok over very high heat, add the lard or oil, and swirl the pan to coat its surface. When the oil is smoking, add the ginger and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, just until fragrant (avoid browning or burning the garlic), about 1 minute. Add the bamboo and bell pepper, and continue stir-frying until both are crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes. Season with kosher salt, pour in the potato-starch mixture, and let cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a serving plate, top with the scallions, and serve hot.