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Stir-fried Chinese Okra/ Angled Loofah (勝瓜) with Dried Shrimp and Glass Noodles

Wednesday, January 06, 2010 | Labels: , , , |

Today I feature a common vegetable cooked in most Chinese homes - the Chinese Okra or Angled Loofah (勝瓜). I have it simply stir-fried with some dried shrimps (very handy to have around the kitchen) and added some glass noodles. The texture of the Chinese Okra is quite unique in that it does resemble that of a loofah on the interior. The flesh is soft yet firm and is white in colour.

The Chinese okra is also naturally sweet - the glass noodles being tasteless on their own soak up the salty flavours of the dried shrimp and the sweet flavours of the okra are delicious while adding some texture to the dish. This is a quick and satisfying home-cooked dish which should appeal to those of you who don't have much time to spend in the kitchen. If you find dried shrimp too pungent in flavour, you can subsitute with fresh shrimp.



2 Chinese okra, skin peeled, sliced at an angle
Handful of dried shrimp, rinsed
1 small packet of glass noodles (soaked)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Light Soy Sauce, to taste



First, saute the minced garlic with some oil till fragrant. Next, add in the dried shrimp and saute until fragrant as well. Add the sliced Chinese okra and stir around quickly, add about 1/4 cup of water and bring to a boil. Finally add the glass noodles and allow to boil again. Add light soy sauce to taste - the dried shrimp is already salty however so do not be liberal with the soy sauce.


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pigpigscorner said...

Looks so delicious esp with the bits of dried shrimps!

Tastes of Home said...

thanks! :) i'm very hungry now as I just hopped over to your blog too lol...looking at food blogs = NOT a good idea when stuck in office with no food around haha

tigerfish said...

I love loofah in soups! I'm thinking of making loofah noodle soup next week.

jen said...

i feel hungry looking at the pictures. i love glass noodles :)))

Tastes of Home said...

TF - thanks! wowee loofah noodle soup hehe, can't wait!

Jen - too! :)

noobcook said...

looks really healthy and delish! I must try out this "勝瓜" one day.

Tastes of Home said...

^ hey thanks wiffy hehe u shld!

mumusings said...

Love the simple and concise instructions. I also cook this ocassionally and an add a beaten egg to it.

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Tastes of Home said...

mms - thanks! yeah? I have not tried it with a beaten egg but sounds yummy!

anon - stay tuned for more!

wendyywy said...

It seems that I haven't been cooking this for a long time.. thanks for reminding me..

Urs look like a meal on itself. I eat the whole thing up for dinner.

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