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  • I am in a bamboo forest.

  • This is a piece of land that my friend owns.

  • and I love bamboo so I'm so excited.

  • What we're here for today,

  • is to get some bamboo shoots.

  • Bamboos, called 竹 (take) in Japanese,

  • are used as building materials,

  • such as timber, pipes, ropes, etc.

  • but bamboo shoots, or 竹の子 (takenoko) - child of bamboo

  • These small brown ones you see here.

  • are a major food source

  • playing a big role in Japanese cooking.

  • Right now is bamboo shoot season.

  • So you can see on the ground

  • there are a bunch of tiny bamboo shoots!

  • Look at all that.

  • but these babies

  • get really big like this.

  • then they get older.

  • and they become tall bamboo trees.

  • Isn't this crazy?

  • This is the bamboo root?

  • Look at these roots, there are so many of them.

  • They're so small!

  • and I've got Madoka here with me!

  • She's taking some footage of her own.

  • It's really wet, it's like really moist.

  • It's really soft. (sugoi yawarakai)

  • They're so fuzzy and soft.

  • Look, little baby hairs.

  • Isn't this amazing. How interesting.

  • I wonder why it's got hairs.

  • It's so hairy,

  • but it becomes so smooth.

  • See, these start peeling off.

  • So, what I'd really like to do one of these days

  • is make my own nagash-somen

  • So they crack these bamboos in half

  • and you get like a slide, like a water slide.

  • and the you pour water into it

  • and slide somen down it

  • then you grab it at the end and eat it.

  • It's called nagashi somen.

  • They've got restaurants that have it

  • but I want to make my own one of these days.

  • That'd be so cool!

  • We're going to pick some bamboos

  • dig them out and eat them

  • This is going to be so exciting!

  • I've never done that before.

  • You buy them at the store

  • but I've never dug out my own bamboo shoot

  • and cooked it.

  • This is what they look like at the grocery store.

  • You can buy a large chunk

  • or buy them sliced or cut like this.

  • depends on what you're cooking.

  • We're going to dig one this big?

  • You want one with a wide bottom.

  • We normally dig shorter ones

  • but we're a bit late in the season,

  • so they're this big.

  • We won't be eating the bottom part.

  • There are a ton of tiny roots around it.

  • It's huge!

  • Wow!

  • This is the right way to dig them.

  • You want to find a bamboo shoot

  • that has a nice, round, big butt.

  • a bootylicious bamboo

  • and then you're going to take this really heavy tool

  • and dig it out.

  • This is heavy.

  • It's heavy, huh?

  • Yeah, it's heavy.

  • Is it hard (as in solid)?

  • I'm starting to sweat already

  • One more time!

  • One more?

  • Oh, it ripped.

  • Yeah, see how it's not a clean cut?

  • Yeah, it's completely different than the other one.

  • bad example!

  • We'll see if Madoka can do it.

  • It's heavy!

  • The poor baby!

  • That was good!

  • You've got it. You've got it.

  • No, you don't.

  • You can do it!

  • You got it! / I got it!

  • You got the bamboo!

  • Wow, that was a lot of work!

  • Smells like grass.

  • This smell reminds me of summer.

  • Reminds me of summer when all of the lawns

  • around the neighborhood are freshly mowed

  • We don't know what the right way is

  • to peel the bamboos.

  • but we're going to give it a shot.

  • This feels cool!

  • Does it?

  • This way will take you about 30 minutes.

  • If you try to peel 30 of them like this

  • you're going to get sick of it.

  • We used to do it like this

  • One is fine, but I wouldn't want to peel a bunch like this.

  • I'd probably be like "I want to eat it already!"

  • Alright, let's do it then!

  • Now we're going to learn the right way to peel bamboos.

  • Wow, they're easy to cut.

  • It kind of looks like an onion.

  • It looks completely like an onion.

  • On a cutting board

  • Oh!

  • If you do it like that

  • You just cut it in half!

  • Smart!

  • Wow!

  • That looks delicious!

  • It's my first time seeing it like this!

  • me too!

  • and then you just tear the outer layers off.

  • That's right!

  • That makes sense!

  • That looks so cool!

  • Such a clean tear!

  • This is fun!

  • This is more fun than the other way.

  • Right?

  • It's really triangular.

  • Looks like a temple.

  • Looks like a temple they'd have in Thailand.

  • Alright, I'm going to eat this!

  • raw bamboo shooot!

  • No, don't do it.

  • Don't!

  • It's bitter.

  • It's not bitter at all!

  • It's totally edible!

  • Oh, the aftertaste is a little bitter.

  • I told you it's bitter!

  • The bitterness comes after.

  • I've never done anything like this.

  • But digging them up takes some getting used to.

  • We're cooking the bamboo shoots!

  • boiling them will get rid of the bitter after taste.

  • So you take this

  • and you're going to put

  • miso

  • and mayonnaise on it.

  • Wow, that's a lot.

  • This is new.

  • Is it good?

  • It's good!

  • mayonnaise and miso

  • (and some Japanese pepper leaves)

  • Oh, it's a bit burnt on this side.

  • It's good a little burnt.

  • hot, hot, hot

  • It's good!

  • It's so good!

  • It's delicious.

  • The bitterness is all gone.

  • It's good with miso.

  • Freshly harvested bamboo shoots are so good.

  • Really good.

  • It'd be good with soy sauce too.

  • We took a rather large bamboo shoot

  • and made some bowls out of them.

  • It looks awesome.

  • We picked up some sannsho on our way here.

  • This is Japanese pepper.

  • It's written ... sann is mountain

  • and shou is pepper.

  • It's like wild pepper.

  • Nice.

  • Fabulous.

  • If we had a saw we could have made cups.

  • Next year, we'll bring a saw.

  • cups for our tea.

  • What an awesome idea!

  • takenoko gohan (rice) in a bamboo shoot!

  • This makes it look even more delicious.

  • It's really good!

  • It's not too strongly flavored.

  • but it's very gentle

  • and you can enjoy the texture of the bamboo

  • There are a bunch of thinly cut bamboo shoots in it.

  • We've got some meat in a bamboo plate.

  • How cool is that?

  • and I've got the bamboo forest behind me.

  • Such a great way to spend the day off.

  • It's actually Showa Day today.

  • That's why Madoka has the day off from work

  • Delicious!

  • The camera is really close...

  • I like how bamboos look,

  • but I also like how they sound.

  • you could make an instrument.

  • bamboo band!

  • like xylophone?

  • Yeah, like a xylophone.

  • You could make music just by drumming on

  • different bamboos.

  • a bamboo xylophone!

  • Have a jam session with Madoka.

  • Madoka, let's jam! lol

  • We're going to play some bamboo music.

  • What the heck was that?

  • I see potential.

  • Thank you guys for watching.

  • Hope you enjoyed our day off at the bamboo forest.

  • Alright guys, see you later!

I am in a bamboo forest.

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Digging up bamboo shoots!

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    阿多賓 posted on 2015/06/28
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