Dried Shrimps and Winter Melon (Wax Gourd)
Chinese name: 海米冬瓜 (hǎi mǐ dōng guā)
Style: Zhejiang Cuisine
Characteristics: Winter Melon (Wax Gourd) with Dried Shrimps is delicious with its fresh and smooth texture.
Winter Melon with Dried Shrimps, a sister dish of Stewed Winter Melon, is a simple but delicious home-cooked dish. The two main ingredients complement each other perfectly. Whereas the dried shrimps enhance the flavor of winter melon, the latter, on the other hand, turns the dried shrimps milder and tastier. If you like Winter Melon, you can follow the recipe below to cook this dish at home.
300g fresh winter melon
20-30g dried shrimps
chopped green onion
Note: the amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
A. Skin the winter melon, wash clean and cut into thick shreds (if too thin, it will be burnt to a frazzle easily) and put into a plate.
B. Wash the dried shrimps and soak in a bowl of water for 2 minutes. Drain after that and leave aside.
Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, swirling it to coat side. Add in the chopped green onion and ginger to fry over a high heat for about 20 seconds until fragrant. Add in the soaked shrimps and winter melon shreds, and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add the salt and pepper powder. Stir-fry for 20 seconds more until the water evaporated. Turn off the heat, and add some chicken essence (stock), and mix well.
Ladle the dish out and serve it on a fine porcelain plate.
On Oct. 23, 2012, a small tour group including Mr. David and Mr. Josepito from USA, Mr. Alexander and Ms. Pamela from Canada, and other guests from Switzerland, Malaysia, India, and Thailand joined a family visit in Xian where they learnt cooking Chinese food is not hard at all. They tried Winter Melon with Dried Shrimps with guidance of the hostess and it turned out to be very successful.
On Aug. 2, 2010, Mr. Luis, Ms. Veronica, Ms. Andrea and Mr. Sebastian from Mexico made a family tour in Xian which was especially arranged by our company. There they had not only enjoyed the true home-cooked dishes, but also had a chance to learn to cook Chinese Dumplings, Kung Pao Chicken & Winter Melon with Dried Shrimps under the help of the hostess.See details at Mr. Luis's feedback