Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Vegetables)

Stir-Fried Luffa Squash (Ridged Gourd) Recipe

Winter gourds, such as pumpkins, bitter melons, luffa squash and variety of other squash that come under the kabocha umbrella, are popular vegetables for soups and braised dishes. Any of these vegetables can be used for this side dish, but luffa squash - aslo known as ridged gourd is easy to work with and is available in most Asian markets. It resembles a long courgette, usually lighter in color and with ridges from one end to the other.

Ingredients : Makes 4

750 g

30-45 ml


2 cloves

115 g

15 ml

10 ml


25 g

Luffa squash, peeled

Groundnut (peanut) or sesame oil

Shallots, halved and sliced

Garlic, finely chopped

Button (white) mushrooms, quartered

Mushroom sauce

Soy sauce

Spring onions (scallions), chopped into 2 cm pieces

Chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves

Method :
  • Cut the luffa squash diagonally into 2 cm pieces.

  • Heat the oil in a wok or heavy pan,.

  • Stir in the shallots and garlic and once they begin to color, add the mushrooms.

  • Add the mushroom sauce and soy sauce, followed by the sliced squash.

  • Reduce the heat and cover the wok or pan, allowing the squash to soften in the steam for a few minues.

  • Add the spring onions and coriander and serve immediately.

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