Chao Sigua (Stir-Fried Loofah)
This garlicky stir-fry is made with loofah, a long, slender gourd that has soft, tender flesh beneath its ridged green peel.
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd Coleman2 tbsp. canola oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 lb. loofah gourd, peeled and cut
diagonally into 1 1⁄2"-long pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground white
pepper, to taste
Sugar, to taste
Heat oil in a 14" flat-bottomed wok or nonstick skillet over high heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until golden, 15–20 seconds. Add loofah and 1 tbsp. water; season with salt, white pepper, and sugar. Cook, stirring, until just tender, 30–60 seconds. Serve immediately.