Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Atsara nga Rabong / Atsarang Labong (Pickled Bamboo Shoot)

Today is May 1.  It’s a holiday in Singapore as it is Labor day.  Oh, it’s the same thing in the Philippines, It’s also Labor Day which translates to holiday, nice :-).  How can I possibly enjoy this day when my migraines and gut problems have decided to extend torturing me (sigh)

Anyway, as I have mentioned in my post yesterday, we are featuring the recipes of my in-laws this week, so here is another one – atsara nga rabong (Ilocano) or atsarang labong in Tagalog and simple pickled bamboo shoot in English.

Atsara is a Filipinized pickling process using vinegar, sugar, salt and some spices as the pickling solution.  Atsara probably had been invented by our ancestors to preserve fruits and vegetables and not put them to waste specially during the harvesting seasons.  Rabong / labong (Bamboo shoots) are the young growing bamboos that often mushroom around bamboo groves in the provinces during the rainy seasons.  These things can be eaten like vegetables.  Ilocanos usually cook it as dinengdeng / inabraw, as adobo, and other Filipino minority groups have their own rabong / labong specialty dishes too.  When harvested, rabong can only last for a few days (2-3 the most) so to preserve it, Ilocanos pickle them.  

Atsara nga rabong makes a sweet, sour and sometimes spicy and crunchy appetizer.  I love it with any grilled or fried fish and meats .



Bamboo Shoot, julienned
Carrots, julienned
Onion, julienned
Ginger, crushed and minced
Garlic, crushed and minced

Pickling Solution:

Cane Vinegar
Ground black pepper

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Boil the bamboo shoots in water for 3-5 minutes.  Drain and let it cool down.
  2. Mix the pickling solutions and set aside.
  3. Mix the boiled bamboo shoots with the rest of the ingredients and toss in the pickling solution.
  4. let it sit for at least an hour to allow the flavors to be well incorporated.

Serve as an appetizer

 © Fresha-licious (01May2012)

1 comment:

  1. hi! why are the measurements for the ingredients not included? Pls. let me know suggested amount per ingredient. I will appreciate it if you can email to me. Thank you!- jessica

    My email ad is: jesica_ohara@yahoo.com