Bamboo Shoots

Takenoko (literally, “bamboo child”) are the ivory coloured crisp and tender shoots of bamboo that grow underground. Freshly dug takenoko are sweet in taste, meaning that they can even be eaten raw as takenoko sashimi. However, if they are not absolutely fresh, the bamboo shoots must be boiled to remove their bitter taste. Takenoko is commonly steamed with rice to make takenoko gohan, used to make wakatake soup (soup with wakame seaweed) or kinome ae (with crushed young sansho leaves, miso and vinegar).