Menma is essentially flavored bamboo shoots. It’s most often added to ramen noodles, which is a perfect use for menma, but we use it in stir fries, fried rice and even salads.
Making menma is really easy, and it tastes great!
There are many recipes for this online, and this one is just an amalgamation of several that looked promising.
What you’ll need:
- 8 oz can of sliced bamboo shoots
- 100ml water
- 1T tbsp sesame oil other oil works, too, in a pinch)
- 1t bouillon powder—any flavor pretty much works
- 1T sake
- 1T soy sauce
- 2T mirin
- 0.25t chili oil (use Japanese ra-yu oil, if you have it)
What to do:
Open the can of shoots, then drain and rinse them in a colander.
Mix the water and bouillon in a small bowl, then mix in the the rest of the liquids.
Add the sesame oil into a small preferably nonstick frypan and sauté the shoots for a few minutes over medium-high heat.
Add the mixed liquids and stir the shoots around to ensure they’re submerged. Reduce the liquid over low-medium heat until mostly evaporated.
Let cool, then use or refrigerate.