Melon, Dried Shrimp, Vermicelli (蝦米粉絲煑節瓜 – Ha mai, fun see ju jeet gwa)

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Jeet Gwa (節瓜) Ha Mai (蝦米) Fun See (粉絲)

Ingredients:

  • 1lb jeet gwa, cut up into rectangles
  • 2tbsp dried shrimp
  • 1 small bundle (~2oz) vermicelli
  • 2-3 slices ginger
  • 1tsp cooking wine
  • 1 cup water or chicken broth (optional – don’t need to add this for sieu choy because it has more taste than melon)

Directions:

  • Soak dried shrimp with a little water (~10min)
  • Soak vermicelli with lots of water (~10min)
  • Scrape off the skin on the jeet gwa with a knife, wash and cut into rectangular pieces
  • Heat the wok, pour in 1tbsp oil (not too much), and sautee the ginger briefly
  • Drain the shrimps into your hand (saving the water in the bowl) and add to wok. Stir.
  • Add 1tsp cooking wine and stir.
  • Add the jeet gwa and turn up to high heat. Stir.
  • Add the shrimp water, and add more water/chicken broth (1 cup)
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt and salted egg white and stir (OR 1tsp salt only)
  • Lower to medium heat and cover with lid. Cook until the melon is soft. (If needed, add more water).
  • Put vermicelli on top. Cover again to cook for ~2min. Then stir everything together.

Tips:

  • Add corn starch water at the very end (with a little sugar and soy sauce) to thicken if it is too wet. Otherwise, just serve as is since the vermicelli will absorb some of the water.

Alternative:

  • Can use ‘sieu choy’ (紹菜) (“Chinese lettuce” or “nappa cabbage”), or western cabbage… cut up into half moons
  • If sieu choy is used, it can give out some water, so reduce the amount of water during cooking.
  • You may add 1.5tbsp shrimp paste after adding in the dried shrimp and wine, stirring and cooking it for a minute before adding in the melons for a different flavour.
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