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How To Make Spicy “Menma”: How To Cook Canned Bamboo Shoots For Ramen Topping

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Menma is the staple ramen topping in Japan, which is made from Bamboo Shoots.

The crunchy, savory-sweet, soy sauce flavored bamboo shoots also get attention from the Japanese drinker.

Actually, the authentic Menma is made from dried and fermented bamboo shoots, but, in my recipe, you can make the spicy menma, pretty easy and simple, using canned bamboo shoots.

What Does Menma Taste Like?

As I said, the authentic menma is basically sweet, savory, and full of flavor from the broth, and a crunchy texture.

I don’t think it’s woody, earthy flavor like bamboo shoots as it is.

The authentic menma is fermented, and generally, it is sold in a jar or a package, so you may feel a funky flavor.

Therefore, this homemade Menma is a much friendly taste for all.

Use Canned Bamboo Shoots To Make Homemade Menma

As I said, it’s a super simple easy recipe, so you can use canned bamboo shoots for making homemade Menma.

You can buy it at an ASIAN ingredient section in regular grocery stores.

Drain juice and rinse thoughtfully before using sliced bamboo shoots.

How Do you Cook Canned Bamboo SHoots?

There are many Menma bamboo shoots recipes made by stir-frying with toasted sesame oil, but I just simmer canned bamboo shoots with soy sauce-based broth.

In this way, Menma will not be oily (greasy).

You can drizzle toasted sesame oil to finish if desired.

How To Make Bamboo Shoots For Ramen?


How To Make Spicy Menma How To Cook Canned Bamboo Shoots For Ramen Topping

"Menma" Bamboo Shoots : The Staple Ramen Noodle Topping

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Menma is a staple ramen noodle topping, which has an appealing crunchy texture and sweet soy-saucy bamboo shoots. The recipe is not complicated. Super-easy to make.


  • 1 Canned bamboo shoots
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Dark Soy Sauce Kikkoman
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sake /White wine
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ TSP Hondashi /Chinese chicken soup powder/ Chicken Soup powder
  • ½ Dried red chili pepper *Optional
  • Toasted Sesame oil *Optional


  • Rinse well bamboo shoots and drain.
  • In a milk pan, add all ingredients.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat, and reduce the heat to medium-Low.
  • Cover bamboo shoots with Otoshibuta/ paper towel, parchment paper, or aluminum foil lid.
    *Refer to the post on how to make a paper towel, parchment paper, or aluminum foil lid.
  • Simmer it until the sauce is reduced for approximately 10-15 minutes.
    *The heat should be medium-low or low that you can see bubbles.
    *Taste a piece and add the cooking time if needed. Add water if needed.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer Menma bamboo shoots to a container.
  • Drizzle toasted oil if desired.
  • The taste will be better after letting it rest for while (or overnight.)
  • It's time to make homemade ramen noodle soup at home! (Check out my ramen recipe.)


  1. You can use a broth from Japanese-style pork neck bones instead of seasonings. (Check out the recipe
  2. You can use my Authentic Teriyaki Sauce instead of seasonings. (Check out the recipe)
Keyword Easy, Ramen, Soy sauce, Topping

<Otoshi-buta> How To Make Kitchen Paper Lid

Fold that square in half, and then in half again. (Make a quarter-size square.)

Just cut the center part off with a pair of scissors.

You can make more holes if desired.

If you are an artist, you can make a more fancy paper lid make it into a circle, but I don’t think it is necessary.

Using kitchen paper, you don’t have to adjust the size, I mean, you can just fold edges in when it is too big to place inside. (after the paper absorbs the broth. )

When I am very lazy, I just tear kitchen paper and cover food with several sheets.

The concept of making holes or tearing them into smaller sizes is for releasing steam.

You can use parchment paper or aluminum foil instead of kitchen paper, but personally, I like using kitchen paper.

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