A friend from the neighborhood stopped by yesterday to drop off some fresh bamboo shoots, takenoko. The best part was that they were already prepped, that is, they were boiled in water with nuka (rice bran) to remove the bitterness, cooled for several hours to overnight in the nuka water and then peeled.
He gave us quite a bounty so I decided to make takenoko gohan (bamboo shoot rice) and an eggplant and takenoko dish. Spring is wonderful for the seasonal vegetables galore, but even more wonderful is the neighborly spirit which is year round here. Off to deliver some of the takenoko gohan to our friendly neighbor!