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I recently tried to make a soup recipe that called for bamboo shoots. I found some canned shoots from a local Asian supermarket and attempted to use those---but they were awful. They had a bitter, metallic taste from the can, and no other discernible flavor. I'm pretty sure that's not what bamboo shoots are supposed to taste like, but how can I find good ones?

I'm not asking for specific shopping recommendations, but more general advice.

  • Do frozen bamboo shoots exist? Are they better than canned?
  • Am I likely to find fresh bamboo shoots at the Asian market if I ask?
  • Is there some other recommendation for finding a good brand that I can use?
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I sound like the can was faulty. Canned bamboo is normally very nice and sort of a cross of corn and nuts, and not metallic –  TFD Nov 5 '12 at 7:10
    
@TFD, good to know. I have another can of these to try, but if they're also bad I'll have to try a different brand. Is there any particular type that you've had luck with? –  JSBձոգչ Nov 5 '12 at 14:25
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Fresh bamboo shoots are available at Asian markets but the quality control of those can vary greatly by market and turnaround (if you have a "reputable" one nearby like a Ranch99 I'd check them out). They tend to be more tender and sweet than canned bamboo shoots. It's worth a shot, though. Ideally you'd be able to eat them straight without cooking.

However, in most general cases, I agree with TFD's comment.

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