Dried Shrimps and Winter Melon

Dried Shrimps and Winter Melon is a simple stir fried dish that originated in the Zhejiang province of China. It is made out of winter melon stir fried with dried shrimps which is a very good combination complements each other’s flavours perfectly. Winter Melon, white gourd, winter gourd, ash gourd or what we call kundol in the Philippines is a vegetable with a very long shelf life, it usually grows in a country with a very warm weather now why is it named like such? Well because of its long shelf life which usually lasts 12 months, it is usually available and consumed throughout winter in countries of deciduous vegetation such as China.

During its early stages this fruit is sweet hence it is used in candies in some countries like the Philippines and India but once it matures it loses it sweet taste, it becomes waxy and eaten as a vegetable hence you seen them in lots of Chinese soup dishes. Today we will be using it in a stir fry which also a very god way of consuming this delicious vegetable.

Dried Shrimps and Winter Melon
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Serves: 3
  • 350g winter melon, sliced
  • 4 tbsp dried shrimps
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fish sauce
  • oil
  1. Sauté garlic and shallot.
  2. Add dried shrimps and fry until crispy.
  3. Add the sliced winter melon, stir fry for 4 minutes
  4. Add chicken stock and fish sauce, simmer for 4 minutes
  5. Season with pepper and serve



8 Responses

  1. I’ve never made winter melon as such. I need to try diversifying our winter melon recipes, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Ahhh, this is my fave child hood dish,
    my mom used to add tons of chillies and some Indonesian szechuan peppercorn or andaliman,
    we used to called this as labu putih or white gourd

  3. I’ve never had that winter melon-I’m interested to know how it tastes!

  4. The winter melon looks great!

  5. Kristy says:

    I’ve never heard of winter melon or dried shrimp. It sounds like a good flavor combo. 🙂

  6. Charles says:

    Never cooked with winter melon before… don’t think I ever even saw it, lol – looks tasty, I’ll have to keep my eye open for it!

  7. I love dried shrimp in stir fried! I guess winter melon is not as common in the world, but I can easily get it here. 🙂

  8. sebbyholmes says:

    This sounds like a great dish. I might try it with green mango and crunchy deep fried shallots – thanks

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