Blog Posts - Loofah/luffa

Luffa (Chinese Okra/ Singua) with Fresh Mushrooms 香菇炒丝瓜丝

These baby shiitake mushrooms are lighter-tasting (less earthy flavors) compared to their larger-size shiitake counterparts. They did not overpower the natural subtle sweet flavor of luffa (also known as Singua or Chinese Okra) when cooked. The...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Sep 19, 2016

Luffa (Loofah) Salad 麻油拌丝瓜

In-season Luffa (loofah) (which happens to be now!) is fresh, young and tender. Quite typically, I like to make a quick "stew-like" stir-fry in my kitchen, with eggs e.g. Luffa with Eggs; or tomatoes e.g. Luffa with Tomatoes. Occasionally I also...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Jun 29, 2016

Luffa (Loofah) with Egg 丝瓜炒蛋

Now, I thought there was only one kind of luffa (known as Angled Luffa) and I was wrong. Just the other day this summer, I chanced upon a gourd-like vegetable next to the angled luffa in the farmer's market and in the midst of market-goers, found tha...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Oct 5, 2015

Loofah in Rich Tomato Broth 丝瓜番茄汤

Never be stingy on tomatoes. It makes more sense to use them generously especially when they are in season. Look at that rich almost-creamy lycopene-rich tomato broth that was made from three medium-sized tomatoes - it makes a simple vegetarian bro...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Sep 19, 2012

Luffa Tomatoes Seaweed Soup - 丝瓜番茄紫菜汤

Throughout summer, I have cooked this soup so many times because of the abundance of fresh Singua (luffa) in my nearby farmer's market. I tried steaming Singua once but the other half at home did not fancy the dish. Why, I ask ? The dish has fresh na...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Sep 30, 2011

Steamed Chinese Okra (Loofah, Singua) 蒸丝瓜

The Chinese Okra or loofah found in my local farmer's market is usually fresh and they are still available at this time. Instead of cooking soups and stir-fries which I usually do, I am falling back to my favorite go-to fuss-free cooking methods for...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Sep 8, 2011

Chinese Okra Egg-Drop Soup, 丝瓜蛋花汤

Of all the names I have used to introduce loofah/luffa - a type of melon/gourd, I did not mention anything about Chinese Okra. So, this name Chinese Okra is popularly used in the US - in some Bay Area's farmers' markets, local grocery store - Sprout...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Aug 11, 2010

Loofah (Luffa) with Ginkgo and Mushrooms

I know some of you don't enjoy eating loofah (luffa) or cooking loofah (luffa) as a dish, based on the comments gathered in my loofah (luffa) posts . Maybe it is that spongy texture and feeling that you dislike, just like how some people dislike s...
by teczcape - an escape to food on Apr 6, 2010

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