Friday, September 19, 2008

Zucchini and Loofah

When young and tender, loofah is a delectable vegetable that resembles squash in both texture and taste. However, when dried, it is the same vegetable that is used as a bath sponge. When purchasing loofah, select firm, unblemished vegetables. The outer skin should have a dark green color, similar to that of a cucumber.

Makes 4 servings.

½ pound zucchini
½ pound loofah (available at Asian markets), or summer squash
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce, or to taste
¼ cup water

Rinse the vegetables thoroughly. Score the zucchini with a fork and slice diagonally into ½-inch slices. Peel the loofah and cut diagonally into ½-inch slices. Combine with the oil and garlic and stir-fry over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce and water. Cover and steam for 2 minutes, or until vegetable slices are tender but still crisp.

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. This post is a member of the Chinese Father's Day menu series.

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