Stir Fry Luffa with Shrimp

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This pictorial recipe for my quick and simple stir fry luffa with shrimp is a pescatarian dish. Mom usually add chickens powder with her stir fry but I am focusing on recipes for lent season this month.

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  • 3-4 large long luffas
  • 2 bunches chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb large shrimp with heads on
  • 2 Tbsp oil

stir fry sauce:

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Viet Huong fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey or monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water + 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch


1.  Prep the vegetables and stir fry sauce. Peel and butterfly shrimp and rub with 1/8 tsp salt.

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Note: This is my first time using the Hexclad wok so I had to seasoned it by heating it up with a bit of oil on medium low heat for two minutes.

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2.  Add about one tablespoon of vegetable oil and minced garlic. Sizzle garlic and add the shrimp. Sprinkle in 1/8 tsp salt. Sauté the shrimp for a minute or two and transfer out to a side.

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3.  While wok is hot, add in about one teaspoon of “gặch tôm” or the red stuff in the shrimps head along with about 1/4 cup water and toss in the luffas and stir fry on high heat.

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4.  Pour in stir fry sauce. I filled that same bowl with the equivalent amount of water and add it in.  Cook for about two minutes.

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5.  Add in the scallion and the cornstarch mixture.  Stir well for a minute.  Turn off stove.

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6.  Pour the bowl of shrimp into the wok  stir well  transfer to plate and serve with rice  enjoy!

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Serve with steamed jasmine rice.  Enjoy! 

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Behind the scene: 

March 1, 2020 (20-months-old): It’s my little man’s first time getting to use a peeler.  He finally gained my trust and has been doing pretty good following directions.  He is a little man but a big cheater.  He got tired peeling his luffa so he snatched his sister’s big luffa and finished up with a few last strokes and came to me to be complimented. What a cheater!

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Kids are learning about yoga and here they…not sure what yoga means to the little man here. They are my two goofballs alright.  Miss Grace is learning how to make a “straight” face.

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