Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chinese Style Stir Fry Pumpkin with Dried Shrimps


Over here, we can find abundance of local pumpkins selling at the market. Though i have used pumpkin in my bakes and kuih, i've never tried cooking it as a dish . I remember i used to ask the lady seller how do they normally cook them and she told me just a simple stir fry with dried prawns, very tasty. I was not really convinced until i happened to see this dish at a local rice stall here selling this. The way they cook it is really nice and whenever i need to pack rice from that stall, i will sure pick this dish. You know lah, sometimes when we like one dish so much we also want to try replicating that at home. That was like last year. I'm quite happy the way it turned out, the taste is quite close to theirs and have cooked this several times.


The first time i made this i actually roasted the pumpkin for about 30-40 minutes to get it tender but now, i normally just shallow fry it in the wok to save time. You can choose to roast it in the oven if you want it healthier or fry it as long as after doing it, the flesh is soft and tender. Not necesssary to peel off the skin, just eat them.

Recipe
Ingredients :
300gms pumpkin, cut into bite size with skin on
3 cloves garlic
3 shallots
20gm dried shrimps, minced
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp- 1tsp brown sugar, to taste

Method:
1. Pour some cooking oil into your wok and fry them till soft on medium high heat.. This will take around 10-15 minutes, you can use your spatula or fork , prick it into the pumpkin to test if the flesh is tender. Remove from wok and run under water to get rid of the excess oil.
2. Leaving 1 tbsp of oil in the wok, put in the dried shrimps, saute them till fragrant and add in the garlic and shallots . Fry them for about 20 seconds, return the pumpkins into your wok and stir fry them. Add in the oyster sauce and brown sugar. Add in a little water if you find them a little dry, cover them with wok cover for about a minute. If you still prefer it a little softer, you can add in more water and taste again.

Will be sharing this dish with the Muhibbah Malaysian Monday event hosted by Suresh of 3 hungry tummies

43 comments:

  1. Looks good. Have done this before but not with the skin, next time will cook with the skin.

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  2. Pumpkin has a lot of nutrients.. my mum likes to boil soup with it.. together with carrots, tomatoes, potatoes.. sweet!

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  3. We love pumpkin. Just cooked this last week! I normally would stir-fry them with garlic and pounded dried prawns, only adding more water, cover and cook until soft with a little bit of gravy. I have never cooked them with skin before, though I have eaten it a few times. Looks delicious Lena!

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  4. Very nice color. Interesting no need to peel the skin.

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  5. Looking good Lena,I can imagine the taste of the dried shrimps and pumpkin plus some coriander hehehe hungry ady~~~~~~~~~~

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  6. Lena, pumpkin is my fav. I notice you cook with its skin together?

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  7. Its an asian delight, yours look delicious!

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  8. This looks absolutely yummy ! I usually cook pumpkin with some minced pork/beef/prawn and long beans but haven't tried using it yet in my bakes hahaha

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  9. Looks delicious...I like the japanese pumpkin, they are not so sweet ...hahaha funny me...people choose the sweet one but I prefer it not so sweet. I will fry them with curry powder and dried shrimps...try it and bet you will love it :)

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  10. you cooked it with the skin. cool! i normally do that too and hubster will end up leaving the skin on his plate. he thinks we're mad to eat the skin. sigh...

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  11. I'm not really pumpkin. I should learn to eat this vege since it contains a lot of goodness :)

    I like everything with dried shrimps, especially sambal dried shrimps!

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  12. The dish looks delish! Though I'm not a pumpkin lover I do love pumpkin pie.

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  13. I just had some for my lunch, my favorite too.

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  14. Hi Lena, your pumpkin color look nice but I don't eat savory type. Only eat the Thai pumpkin custard. Have a nice day.

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  15. Wah ini favourite Cm ni.Tak kira lah asalkan labu.Masak lemak sedap,masak seperti lena pun sedap.Buat kuih pun Cm suka.semuanya sedap hehe.

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  16. Lena, I just steamed pumpkin kuih last night. Ok, it tasted good, but looked good. Hehehehe! I will blog about it. Your stir fried pumpkin with dried shrimp looks so good.

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  17. I know I'm going to like this dish by looking at the fantastic colour from this pumpkin!

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  18. it's funny! I have not used pumpkin in chinese dishes!! This looks really tasty and good with rice!

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  19. cheah: yah, try with the skin see if you like it.

    claire: i havnt tried chinese style pumpkin soup, western type adalah!

    joyce: our pumpkins are here sweet, so easy cooking will also taste nice :))

    chris: yes, eat the skin as well!

    Daphne: it's quite an appetising dish ..for me!

    angeline: yes, dont have to peel off the skin.

    anonymous: thank you!

    anne: if you love pumpkin, then you can start trying them in your bakes..maybe bread or pau..

    elin: i would definately try it with some curry powder next time!! thank you madam!!

    missy: haha! i can understand that but here , the ksin is really soft that you can eat it..:))

    yvonne: sambal dried shrimps...sedap!

    sudden cook: i wonder how does pumpkin pie taste like..i see so much in blogs near christmas..

    yummycooks: yay! give me 5!

    amelia: oh, i must try that too one day..i mean see if i can have those at any of the thai rests here..but i doubt..

    cm: betul cakap cm, kalau suka labu, tak kira masak macam mana pun sedap :)

    sheoh yan: hey, you sounded as if something went wrong..ha!

    tze: i hope you will like it if you make this one day!

    daphne: i'm not surprised, before this, i'm also like you..never thought of cooking it the chinese way.

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  20. This is the way my mom used to cook for us, but i dont really like this dish as i found a bit sweet for my tastebud..Interesting to see you cook with skin on..

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  21. talk about creative! stir-fry pumpkin! Its genius and looks amazing and beautiful and scrumptious. I love the idea of adding Chinese flavors to pumpkin! wish I could try it!

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  22. This is my favourite dish!!!! I noticed you cooked together with the skin?

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  23. I have cooked pumpkin this way before but I peeled the skin as I didn't know it can be eaten lol! Your version looks good, next time I'll try cooking with the skin on too!

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  24. I love the idea of preparing this dish, Lena. We really don't use pumpkin as often as we should around here especially in savory dishes. I'm definitely going to keep this for when they are once again season.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  25. waa lena.....labu is my fav! really.
    I pun makan labu dengan kulitnya sekali haha
    just steam sampai lembut, makan with grated coconut + sikit salt + gula melaka.
    and selalu juga buat soup labu, masak campur onion, garlic, garam, daun sup, lepas tu blend semua samapi jadi hancur, campur sikit cream, then boilkan sikit atas api, then makan. yummy!!!

    thank you for the recipe lena..

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  26. Hi Lena, looks delicious, but regret pumpkin not on my food list. For some reason or other I've not gone overboard for it.
    Sure love your photography....

    And you sure have a fantastic variety of food creations, everyone a 2, 3 plates of rice disappearing.
    Have fun, Lena, keep well.
    Lee.

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  27. Ohhh... it's the 1st time I got knw the skin is edible, thx! Coincidentally I hv some pumpkin in the fridge, let's stir fry tonight!^^

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  28. I don't like pumpkin, but yours tempted me to gv it a try ^_^

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  29. Interesting to eat pumpkin with the skin on, will definitely try your method. Thanks for sharing, Lena!

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  30. ya, it is interesting to see you cooked the pumpkin with skin on...i like pumpkin a lot
    i would like to share the Liebster award with you, please come over my home to collect the award when you are free yeah...:)

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  31. Love this easy home-style dish that I bet is fragrant delicious esp with the dried shrimps. The part I don't like is slicing through the hard-skinned pumpkin.

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  32. My kids don't like pumpkin, so I seldom cook it. My find a way to get them eat it....lol!

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  33. I always peel the skin when I cook this.
    Lydia loves pumpkin but my hubby hates it, LOL

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  34. This is my mum's favorite dish! She would cook it so often, just like yours, with dried shrimp. Recently she discovered Japanese pumpkin which although is slightly more expensive but the texture is really good and yes the skin is good too! Actually I love the skin, lol! Yums!

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  35. Great idea! I love the colors of that plate!

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  36. I come over for the lunch, please save some for me!! Can't find pumpkins at this time of year...can you believe that I still can't find sweet potatoes?? ;-( I guess I have to check 'gourmet stores' for sweet potatoes!!

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  37. Simple is always the best! Nampak sangat sedap. I hope you let me post the recipe in my blog and link it back to you when I tried making it one of these days. 2012 is such a busy year for me it seems. I have this one pumpkin I harvested last January that I have not decided what to do with it yet.

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  38. My mum cooks pumpkin this way too but without the skin. She also cooked the pumpkin with sesame seeds.

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  39. That looks delectable! On my next to-cook list!

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  41. First time cooking pumpkin in my life. Have no idea to even cut it. Thank God hubby helped to cut although he also experimented on the cutting. First time for him to cut too. So finally it was time to cook & I followed your recipe. Thank God the result turned out fine, hubby said delicious :p

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  42. Lena, thanks for the link! I will definitely try this recipe :)

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