Friday, June 11, 2010

Stir Fry Hairy Melon with Black Fungus and Peas + Imagine & Guess

This furry hairy Little Winter Melon also known as Hairy Melon can be stir fried, not just in soup or steamed. I used to braise them with dried shrimps, shitake mushrooms and glass noodles into a deep flavorsome dish. Today, I am doing it milder with black fungus and green sweet peas. Black fungus gives this dish deep earthy flavors. Green peas are also naturally sweet. With that touch of salt and white pepper to taste, the dish finishes off with that drizzle of sesame oil for shine and aroma.


Stir-Fry Hairy Gourd (Mo Gua) with Black Fungus and Green Peas
Ingredients: Hairy gourd, peeled, center core of seeds removed and thinly sliced; 3-4 fresh black fungus pieces, rinsed and thinly sliced; 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed; 1 clove garlic finely minced; 1/2 tsp minced ginger; salt and white pepper to taste; drizzle of sesame oil

Directions: Heat oil in pan, add ginger and garlic and fry till fragrant. Add hairy gourd and fry briskly, add a little in the process so that mixture does not dry out too quickly. Then add in black fungus and fry briskly, mixing well with hairy gourd. Add a little more water and fry till hairy gourd turns slightly tender. Add in green peas the last. Then pinch of salt and white pepper to taste. Dish out to serve. Drizzle 2-3 drops of sesame oil over vegetables and toss well after served.


Hairy Melon and Cucumber
Not only in shape, the texture of this melon is very similar to cucumber. But with cucumber, you want to be sure not to cook it for too long before it turns soggy and soft. Hairy Melon seems hardier than cucumber, retaining a fleshy light crisp after a quick stir-fry.

Not the first time I am saying this but many vegetarian dishes are able to shine without oyster sauce if we know how to marry ingredients. Here's to Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event and this side-dish can be simply enjoyed with congee such as four-grain congee or millet congee or steamed rice.

Make a Guess
Ok. I am going to disrupt the subject continuity and set you guessing over the weekend. If a picture paints a thousand words, then you may want to tell me about the dish below. Well, not the best picture for your guess but perhaps...use your wild imagination and tell me what it is.


More clue....or no clue?


Definitely does not fit into the "light and refreshing" description of food. What is it?

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