Tinumtuman is a dish from the Bicol Region in the Philippines prepared with thinly sliced bamboo shoots, coconut milk and clams sautéed in ginger, garlic and onions.
Have you tried ginataang labong? that Bicolano dish prepared with bamboo shoots and coconut milk? If yes then meet his better cousin, the tinumtuman. Better? Personally yes, its tastier because of the use of clams which gives it so much flavour. Similar to most Bicolano dishes like Kinunot, Laing, Bicol Express, Kandingga it is prepared with coconut milk and chillies where it usually starts as sautéed garlic, onions and ginger but if you want them less oily I see some of my Bicolano relatives just boil these aromatics in coconut milk until it is reduced before adding the ingredients. Traditionally river clams are used in this dish but since we cannot find that here in New Zealand, we will be using the frozen clam meat combined with fresh clams for that clam juice.