Water bamboo cooked-every-which-way is one of my favarite vegetables to eat growing up in Taiwan.
It's actually not a variety of bamboo, but specifically the swollen stems of the fungus(Ustilago esculenta)-infected wild rice Zizania latifolia Turcz.
The vegetable can not be found in America because it's considered an aggressive invasive plant and is banned from importation and cultivation. But I was told it can be found in Chinatowns in Canada. If that's the case, I will plan a vacation to spend some time in Canada - buying, cooking, and eating this beautiful vegetable to resolve a deprivation that has lasted way too long.
Has anyone in Canada seen water bamboo being sold on the market or being served as dish in a restaurant? I'd very much appreciate getting some feedback on this question from Canadian Chowhounders...