Bamboo shoots are chopped young sprouts of bamboo. They are used in many ways in Asian cuisine fresh, dried and pickled.
If you are going to cook with the dried ones, it is important to cook them few times in clean water to soften and get rid of unpleasant odour and toxins. It means to boil them 15-20 minutes, then change the water and boil 15-20 minutes again and then repeat for the third time until they are soft and missing the unpleasant odour.
Recipes with bamboo shoots.