1. If I had to take a guess, I'd say... [she's about 35 years old]. 2. It's difficult to say, but I think... [our customers are more satisfied]. 3. Off the top of my head, I'd say... [the company has 500 employees]. (= what I remember/estimate, without checking the actual statistics) 4. It's about... [10 miles away]. 5. It's around... [three hours long]. 6. I wouldn't be surprised if... [Peter asks Jill to marry him]. 7. There's a good chance... [it'll rain tomorrow]. 8. I have a feeling/hunch... [the boss won't be happy about this]. (hunch = an instinctive feeling) 9. I bet... [he'll be late]. 10. Your guess is as good as mine. (= I don't know)
Bamboo shoots can be bought fresh from the market or purchased in the canned forms. While the fresh ones are white and hairless, the canned versions are light yellow since they are slightly boiled beforehand. They may either be canned or sliced. Short and firm bamboo shoots are ideal. To check for freshness, look out for the colour i.e. they should be a creamy yellow. Avoid old or long bamboo shoots as they are woodier but the soft ones are no better as they taste stale and extremely bitter.