Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stir-fried Angled Gourd/Luffa

Sponge Gourde, Ribbed Loofah, Chinese Okra, Silk Squash, Ridge Gourd

Angled Gourd goes by several different names -  Ribbed Loofah or Luffa,  Sponge Gourd, Chinese Okra or Silk Squash ( 絲瓜) in Chinese.  It has a sweet and unique taste with a silky texture.  The hard skin and the ridges need to be removed with a potato peeler and you will be left with the pale and spongy flesh to cook.  I would normally cooked it with prawns but today I am making this into a vegetarian dish.  


2 angled gourds, cut at an angle into 1" pieces
1/2 carrot, julienned
1 piece wood-ear fungus
1/2 tbsp goji berries, rinsed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
salt & pepper, to taste

  • To prepare wood-ear fungus, soak in warm water until re-hydrated.  Blanch in boiling water.  Slice fungus finely.  Set aside.
  • Heat oil.  Saute chopped garlic until aromatic.  Add in angled gourds, julienned carrot, wood-ear fungus and goji berries. Toss to combine under high heat.  If it is too dry, add a little water. Cover and cook under medium heat until tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper.  
  • Serve with rice.


  1. Hi Veronica,
    Angled Gourd is one of my favourite vege. your sharing looks delicious. I never cook Angled Gourd with this simple way. i think i should try one day, thanks for sharing.

  2. I've seen these at the markets but never knew what to do with it. Thanks for the recipe Veronica! :D

  3. Hi Veronica! I love this vegetable and I know it by its Malay name, petola. Honestly, I haven't cooked it myself and since you have this nice recipe, I am going to buy angled gourd!

  4. HI Veronica, when I first came to Sydney, I always mixed up luffa with 节瓜 because I hardly cooked when I was in Malaysia. Nowadays, I like to use 节瓜 to boil soup with dried scallops and pork. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. Cook like 5-6 days a week, sometimes I have lost in mind what I should cook on the next day.

    1. Hi Jessie, I am afraid have no idea what is 节瓜, haha there are so many 瓜 out there. But some people called this angled gourd as 盛 瓜, am I right?

  5. Can I exchange my dish with your healthy vegetarian version of luffa gourd, hehehe..

  6. We have a different name for it here and we make it differently too! Love your take on ti! Will be trying soon.

  7. A healthier version of this dish as compared to the version with dried prawns. Looks good, will give this version a try.

  8. I love luffa! They taste so tender, meaty yet so light and flavourful!


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