Labong is the Tagalog term for bamboo shoots. The inner portion is the fleshy part which is eaten. The outer covering is layers upon layers of sheaths covered by silky, powdery stuff that is highly allergenic. So one has to take the covering out to get into the tender fleshy part. Filipino vegetarians have experimented with ways to create vegetarian adobo dishes. One of those is the bamboo shoot adobo, although this particular recipes is not vegetarian.