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Menma – Bamboo Shoots

Menma (メンマ or 麺麻 or 麺碼) is a Japanese condiment made from lactate-fermented bamboo shoots. The bamboo shoots are dried in the sun or through other means before the fermentation process. Menma is a common topping for noodle soups, notably ramen. Menma is primarily produced in China, with brands imported from southern China and Taiwan being popular. Menma is also known as shinachiku (支那竹), “Chinese bamboo”.

Menma - Braised Bamboo Shoots
Menma (メンマ or 麺麻 or 麺碼) is a Japanese condiment made from lactate-fermented bamboo shoots. The bamboo shoots are dried in the sun or through other means before the fermentation process. Menma is a common topping for noodle soups, notably ramen.
Ingredients
  • 500 g bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan add sesame oil and stir fry bamboo slices for 1 - 2 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add all other ingredients and stir fry for additional 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone.
  3. Place in a container and keep refrigerated or can be frozen. Used as topping for ramen or can be served as appetiser with white wine, beer, or sake.

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