Braised Pork with Bamboo Shoots (Măng Kho Thịt)
You can buy bamboo shoots in plastic packages in the refrigerator section of Asian grocery stores or you can even use canned bamboo shoots. Eating bamboo shoots is a very Asian specific ingredient and I love it. I love the slightly crunch texture of the bamboo and it's a perfect vehicle to absorb all of the flavours from the sauce. I think I might even like the bamboo better than the pork…!
Măng Kho Thịt (Braised Pork with Bamboo Shoots) * oil * ½ onion, sliced thinly * 1 lb pork shoulder, cubed into 1" pieces * 3 tsp salt * 1 tsp pepper * 3 tbsp sugar * 2 lbs bamboo shoots, canned or bagged * 1 tbsp dark soy sauce Season pork with 1 tsp salt and allow to marinate for 1-2 hours. Heat oil in a medium pot. Add onion slices to the oil and cook until softened for 1-2 minutes. Add the pieces of meat.
Season with the remaining remaining 2 tsp salt, pepper, sugar.
Add chopped bamboo shoots, soy sauce and 1 cup of water. Bring up the liquid to a boil and bring down to a simmer. Add more water if necessary and the liquid dries up. Allow to braise for 1 hour or so (until the pork is tender).
Serve with a bowl of rice.
All you need is rice!