Bamboo shoot and chicken stir fry is one of my "go-to" meals. Since it is really quick and easy to make, and since it tastes delicious, I make it when I don't have a lot of time but still need something that will make my stomach happy. Anyone following my recipes, videos, or blog knows that I generally like spicy food, so of course I add both dry and fresh hot peppers in my bamboo shoot recipe. My bamboo shoot recipe is sure to make you smile, and since you can go from prep to table in way under 30-minutes it is a great choice when time is not being friendly to you. Please watch the video, check out the pictures, and make this dish. If you, please take pictures of your dish and share them with me.
The ingredient list for this recipe is pretty easily found at most major grocery stores. The soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce can be found in the Asian isle of your local grocery store. If you can find fresh bamboo shoots then you should use them, but since they are hard to find, I am using canned bamboo shoots in this recipe.
The first step is prep-work. Use a course mortar and pestle to crush the dry peppers and garlic until they are smashed together like the picture below.
Next cut your fresh peppers into long strips, about the same size as the bamboo shoots. Remove the seeds, but you can leave a little if you like a bit more heat.
Add cooking oil to your pan and when hot, add your chili and garlic mixture. Allow it to cook briefly, until the garlic starts to turn translucent. Don't burn your garlic or else it will taste bad.
When ready, add your chicken and stir for a few seconds. Then let your chicken cook on one side, for a short time, and then turn your chicken to cook evenly on the other side.
When your chicken is about 90% cooked, add your bamboo shoots and stir more. Your bamboo shoots will start to soften fairly quickly, when they do go to the next step.
When your bamboo shoots have softened up, add an egg to your wok. Continue to stir until everything is cooked.
Once your egg is done, add your fresh peppers and stir again.
Now you are ready to add the soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Mix everything together well.
the last step is to add your basil. Basil cooks very fast, so turn off your stove when you add your basil and let the existing heat do the work.
I like to plate this dish with jasmine rice, but you can plate with brown rice if you want it to be a little healthier. Or you could even mix your rice, half and half.
Cooking Notes: As always, there are certain this with just about any dish that can be easily substituted without drastically changing the dish itself. For this bamboo shoot and chicken stir fry recipe, you could substitute chicken for pork. If you don't like spicy food, then just cut back on the peppers, or leave them out altogether.