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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fried Hairy Gourd (Mao Gua) with Dried Shrimp and Tung Fun

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Hairy Gourd aka Mao Gua is very common in Chinese Hakka homes. A dish which not every family likes to eat.

Remove skin. Cut gourd into stripes. Saute soaked dried shrimps till fragrant. When the fried shrimps started to pop-out, add in slices of gourd. Fry and mix them together. Add in a little chicken granules, some water and let it simmer for while. Once the gourd are soft, add in some tung fun aka glass nooldes. Let it cook for a while and when the glass noodles turn soft, dish out and serve.

The taste is original with the sweetness of the gourd and the saltiness of the dried shrimps.

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This medium sized gourd which I have gotten from Tesco and 1 is enough for my family meal.
Whenever, I see any of these nice gourds at wet or hypermarket, I will buy one and keep in the fridge. It can last for a week if properly stored. An ideal dish for the no rice diet people. Easy to cook, nice and healthy dish.

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Index
English: hairy gourd, fuzzy gourd, hairy cucumber, joined gourd
Chinese: moa gua (hairy gourd), jie gua/chit chewie (node/joint gourd), tsit/tse chewie (fuzzy melon), dong kiang (winter gourd), tung chewie
Filipino: kondol
Indonesian: bleego,beleegoo, beligo, koondoor, kundur, tangkue
Japanese: togan
Malay: kundur, kundor panjang
Thai: fak kio, faeng, mafeng
Vietnamese: bí dao

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