Bamboo Shoots Soup with Pork

October 18, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Bamboo Shoots Soup with Pork

Bamboo Shoots Soup with Pork is a delicious and easy-to-make Khmer soup that features the flavors of fresh bamboo shoots and pork. Bamboo, considered a highly useful plant, holds cultural significance as some believe it was planted on Earth by celestial beings. Bamboo trees offer a variety of uses, including the production of music instruments, baskets, furniture, and toys. In Khmer cuisine, bamboo shoots are a popular ingredient known for their tastiness, high protein content, and nutritional benefits, including vitamin B. Additionally, bamboo shoots are believed to aid in improving poor blood circulation.

In the past, Cambodia had an abundance of bamboo, leading the ancient Khmer to use bamboo as a cooking fuel, burning it instead of wood. Bamboo charcoal, derived from burnt bamboo, was utilized for various purposes, such as air fresheners and insect deterrents. It was even placed around food areas to keep ants and bugs at bay. The versatility of bamboo in Khmer culture extends beyond the kitchen, showcasing its integral role in daily life.

To prepare Bamboo Shoots Soup with Pork, water is brought to a boil in a soup pot. Sliced country ribs pork meat and bamboo shoots are added to the boiling water, cooking until the pork reaches the desired tenderness. The soup is then seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, and black pepper to enhance the flavors. Finally, the dish is topped with chopped green onions before being served hot with rice, offering a delightful and comforting experience of Khmer cuisine.


4 cups of water
1/2 lb (225 gram) of country ribs pork meat, sliced thin
1 lb (450 gram) of bamboo shoot, rinsed and sliced thin
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
3 stalks green onion, chopped

Directions to make Bamboo Shoots Soup with Pork

  1. Boil water in a soup pot.
  2. When water bubbling add pork meat and bamboo shoot, and cook till meat tender.
  3. Seasoning with fish sauce, sugar and black pepper.
  4. Top with green onion.

Serve hot with rice.

Enjoy it

Related: Bamboo Shoots and Yucca Soup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 645

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏68g 25%
Cholesterol ‏129mg 43%
Total Fat ‏26g 33%
Saturated Fat ‏8g 40%
Dietary Fiber ‏13g 46%
Protein ‏47g 94%
Sodium ‏3781mg 164%
Sugars ‏52g 104%


30 min


19 min




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