Kylie Kwong and the pickled bamboo shoots

My partner Emma loves cooking programs and the other day we had a look at a DVD of Kylie Kwong famous program “Heart and Soul”.
One of the episodes featured pickled Bamboo Shoots.
Oh, I said, do ABC know they are promoting culinary usages of a NOXIOUS WEED?
I still haven’t done the Bamboo page for the Weedyconnection database, it is coming though.
In the meantime do check what the Department of Primary Industries has to say about the plant: “Two common species of bamboo, Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) and Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra), are declared noxious in most of NSW.
The plant must be controlled according to the measures specified in a management plan published by the local control authority and the plant may not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed.


Pickled bamboo

* 1 x 700 g (1 lb 6 oz) fresh bamboo shoot
* 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 2 teaspoons fish sauce

Cut the horn-shaped bamboo shoot in half lengthways, strip off the outer fibrous layers and then trim about 2 cm (1 in) off the base. Cut bamboo into 5 mm (1/4 in) wide strips and add to a pan of cold salted water. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes.

Drain and refresh bamboo under cold water. Repeat this process of boiling from a cold-water start, draining and refreshing twice more to remove any bitterness.

To pickle the bamboo, place vinegar and sugar in a small pan, and stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Then simmer, uncovered and without stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is slightly reduced. Remove from stove, stir in fish sauce and the prepared bamboo.
golden bamboo

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty ( tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (, short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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2 Responses to Kylie Kwong and the pickled bamboo shoots

  1. Callum says:

    What determines a weed? Think about it: something which you cannot find use for and gets in your way.

    Bamboo is not regarded as a noxious weed by all, but by a few who cannot recognise its usefulness.

    Don’t be so quick to judge :)

  2. info says:

    indeed, thanks Callum

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