Japanese Side Dish: Takenoko No Nimono (Simmered Bamboo Shoots)

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Japanese Side Dish: Takenoko No Nimono (Simmered Bamboo Shoots)


Bamboo shoot is a favourite dish in Japanese meals and can be prepared in many ways. Takenoko no nimono – simmered bamboo shoot is one of the most popular ones. The fresh bamboo, after boiled in water with rice or rice bran, is cooked in dashi (stock) and seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar to get the flavour. Simmered bamboo shoots have a delicious taste and crunchy texture that promise to boost your appetite!

Let’s learn how to cook it at home with a secret recipe from ThespruceEats.com

Time and yield

  • Total: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • Fresh or pre-cooked bamboo shoot: 1 cup, sliced
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Dried bonito flakes: 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce: 1 tablespoon
  • Mirin: 1 tablespoon
  • Sake: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Granulated sugar: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt, soy sauce to season

Step to make it

If you prepare fresh bamboo shoots. You need to go through one more step in preparation. Bring the bamboo shoot to cook in water with rice/rice bran to remove the shoot’s bitterness. If you opt for pre-cooked bamboo shoot, skip this step.

Cut the bamboo shoot in half. Rinse in cold water to get rid of the white, gritty residue. Slice into medium-sized pieces.

Pour water into a medium pot and add dried bonito flakes. Boil the mixture over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and wait for 5 minutes to let the bonito flakes to sink to the bottom. Then, drain the broth to remove all of the bonito flakes.

Pour the drained broth back into the pot, add sliced bamboo and cook over medium heat to gently boil. After it boils, turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Add salt and a little bit dried bonito flakes on top and serve.


If you don’t prefer making the dashi from scratch, you can opt for bonito stock. One teaspoon of stock for every 2 cups of water.


Takenoko No Nimono: Simmered Bamboo Shoots https://www.thespruceeats.com/simmered-bamboo-shoots-takenoko-no-nimono-2031547 Accessed August 29th, 2019