Stir-fried bacon with bamboo shoot

When you want a quick and simple meal, stir-fries are just the thing, as Fuchsia Dunlop's tasty recipe demonstrates
By Fuchsia Dunlop
Stir-fried bacon with bamboo shoot
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 100 g fresh bamboo shoots
  • 2 red chillies
  • 150 g streaky smoked bacon, cut into 4cm strips
  • 3 tbsp groundnut oil, or lard for frying
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 handfuls chives, preferably Chinese, or spring onion greens, cut into 4cm strips
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


1. If using fresh bamboo shoot, remove the husk from the bamboo shoot and cut into thin slices to match the bacon. 2. Blanch the slices in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain. If you are using tinned winter bamboo, simply cut into thin slices and blanch in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain. 3. Cut the chillies at an angle into thin slices , discarding the seeds and stalks. 4. Add the groundnut oil to a wok. Add bamboo slices and allow to sizzle. Then add the bacon, garlic, ginger, chilli flakes and fresh chilli and stir-fry until fragrant, seasoning with light soy sauce to taste. 5. Add the Chinese chives and stir-fry briefly until cooked. Remove from the heat, stir in the sesame oil and serve immediately with steamed rice.

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