Bamboo shoots remind me of rainy days in the Philippines. The Philippines has only two seasons – wet and dry. During the rainy season, it rains constantly and it is bamboo shoots time. That is why bamboos are very important. They are a food source and housing materials too. Nowadays, they have even developed fibers made out of bamboos.
Ooops, I’ve just digressed from my subject of okra. Normally, bamboo shots goes very well with saluyot, scientific name is chorchorus oliturios. We use the leaves of this plant which is slimy when cooked. It goes very well with the texture of the bamboo shoot which actually is very tender after boiling. But since saluyot is available only in frozen form or once in a while we find the fresh leaves, they are very expensive so okra is a great substitute. Just like the saluyot it turns slimy.
Okra is a good source of calcium and potassium. Aside from its high fiber content, it is also an anti-oxidant.
During the rainy season our rivers overflow too and we have abundance of fresh-water fish and crustaceans. To add flavor to the vegetables, in place of meat, we use grilled or fried fish.
This dish is great with rice.
365 Project: Day 112. This is my entry to Frizztext’s AtoZ Challenge: O, here.