I first sampled this delicious dish when I was 11 years old at a local Chinese restaurant in north London when my family was invited by my parents’ new-found friends to celebrate our move to England from South Africa. My mother also fell in love with the dish and recreated it at home, serving it on iceberg lettuce. I remember her complaining about not being able to get fresh bamboo shoots (something she took for granted as my grandparents were farmers and had a bamboo farm), so she had to get used to buying the canned variety. I decided to reinvent and modernize this dish by adding small segments of mandarin oranges and using Butterhead lettuce instead. This is a very happening dish – there is a real burst of flavors!
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