Sunday, October 25, 2015

Stir-Fried Gourd and Chicken in Oyster Sauce (serves 2 as part of a shared meal)




This summer my parents had a very productive year with a bountiful harvest ranging from different leafy greens, beans, and herbs from their garden. I have never seen them grow gourds but this year they harvested dozens of them. I was lucky to be a recipient of some of their organic home-grown gourds. On their way through this area they stopped for a visit and dropped off food and produce from their garden. I recently made a soup using one of the gourds. Today I have decided to make a stir fry with another. I was very surprised to find that the gourd tastes very much like cucumbers.

Stir-Fried Gourd and Chicken in Oyster Sauce (serves 2 as part of a shared meal)

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp oil
1 cup scallions, cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch lengths
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
6 oz chicken meat, sliced and chopped
2.6 lbs bottle gourd, peeled, de-seeded, sliced into bite size
2 Tbsp of vegetable or chicken broth
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
A pinch of sugar
A drizzle of fish sauce (about 1/4 tsp)

Method:

1) Heat a pan over high heat. Once the pan is hot add oil.
2) Add scallions and garlic once the oil is heated. Saute about a minute. Avoid burning the garlic.
3) Add chicken and saute about a minute or until the chicken is just cooked.
4) Add gourd, saute about a minute. Add broth. Turn heat to low. Saute about another 5 minutes or until the gourd is soft.
5) Season with oyster sauce and sugar. Cook another 30 seconds.
6) Add fish sauce and turn off heat.

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