Quails with bamboo shoots – Noog Hau

Quails specifically are very healthy as these birds contain a lot more nutrients and less fat than say a chicken does. I love quail and I love anything with hmong bamboo shoots. You can acquire Hmong bamboo shoots only during certain times of the year at the hmong markets. Hmong bamboo shoots are tender and crunchy and well preserved. However, regular bamboo shoots can be substituted for this dish.

Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking: 10 minutes.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 quail
  • Hmong Bamboo shoots
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 red small pepper, minced
  • Water
  1. Rinse and cut your quails into a few parts. Put them into a small pot and add enough water to completely cover the birds.  Add the lemongrass stalk and lime leaves, salt and minced red pepper. Cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Add sliced bamboo shoots and boil for a few more minutes. Add more salt if desire. Serve hot.
  2. Served with rice on the side or mix in some steamed white rice in each individual soup bowls.

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