Cooking with Ridged Skinned Luffa/ Chinese Okra

Ridged Gourd, Ridged Skin Luffa
Ridged Gourd

Did you know? 

  • This vegetable looks intimidating, but we promise it’s one of the easiest to cook with. All you need is a vegetable peeler, a knife, and a pan.
  • A ridged gourd is very similar to a luffa. However, when cooking with ridged gourd, be sure to peel the sharp edges off.
  • Ridged Skinned Luffa/ Ridged Gourd/ Chinese Okra is very common all across Southeast Asia. It’s cooked in soups, stir fries, and curry dishes. It has a very light and refreshing kind of taste.
  • This is what makes the luffas you see at the store (thought it was some strange sea sponge? WRONG, it’s a plant you can grow in your garden!) It gets very fibrous when it’s too old, forming the amazing web patterns you can see in any dried luffa.
Cooking with Ridged Skinned Luffa/ Chinese Okra
Cuisine: Southeast Asian
Author: Transplanting Traditions
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Serves: 4
A very easy stir fry with egg.
Ingredients:
  • 1-2 ridged skinned luffas
  • 1-2 chicken eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (for cooking)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 4-5 tablespoons water
Instructions:
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the ridged skinned luffa. You want to make sure the hard green parts are removed, as they are bitter and tough. If you have light green showing, it’s been peeled perfectly!
  2. Cut into 1 inch rounds. Put to the side
  3. Take your knife and smash the garlic. You can remove the peels, but it honestly tastes better if you cook it with the peels on.
  4. Heat up 2 tablespoons of the oil in the pan or wok. Crack the eggs in the pan. Wait about 30 seconds, then scramble the eggs until cooked. Put them aside.
  5. Clean and dry the wok.
  6. Add oil and put it back on the stove on medium-high. Add the garlic. When you can smell the garlic cooking, add the sliced luffa. Stir fry for about 1 minute. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar (to taste). Add the water and stir together, it makes it more like a sauce. Add the egg, stir for about a minute until it’s all mixed in and looks cooked.
  7. Serve with rice. This is an EXCELLENT breakfast. You can also add sliced pork or chicken if you want something a little meatier.