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Winter Melon Treasures (一品富贵冬瓜环)

chinese new year reunion dinner winter melon treasures recipe
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cny reunion dinner winter melon treasures recipe
The Winter Melon (冬瓜) is a very large fruit, eaten as a vegetable when mature. Although the fruit is referred to as a "melon", the fully grown crop is not sweet. This is a versatile vegetable dish with flavours so gently coaxed that every bite of it makes a statement. For vegetarians, simply omit the dried scallops and oysters and replace the chicken stock.

Here are what you'll need:
cny reunion dinner winter melon treasures recipes
1 slice Winter Melon
4 Dried Oysters
4 Conpoy (Dried scallops)
5g Black Moss
8 Flower mushrooms (small)
6 Ginkgo nuts
5 dried Beancurd sticks
2 slices Ginger (shredded)
3 whole Garlic
½ cup Chicken stock
2 tsp Oyster sauce
2 tsp Chinese wine
2 tsp Sesame oil
½ tsp Fish sauce
1 tbsp Cooking oil

Method:
  1. Soak conpoy, mushrooms, black moss and oysters in water till soft.
  2. Remove mushroom stems and marinade for 30 mins with 1 tsp each: oyster sauce, sesame oil and wine.
  3. Deep-fry beancurd sticks till golden brown. Be careful not to fry on high heat as it’ll burn easily. Drain and set aside.
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  5. Heat oil and sauteed garlic till fragrant. Throw it ginger, mushrooms and oysters.
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  7. Pour in stock and add beancurd sticks and ginkgo nuts. Add remaining oyster sauce and simmer for 10 mins. Add wine, sesame oil and black moss. Mix well.
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  9. Remove skin and seeds from melon. Rinse. Transfer cooked mixture into the center of melon. Cover with plastic cling and microwave on steam mode or for about 3-5 mins till melon becomes soft. Serve this rich appetizing dish hot!
chinese new year reunion dinner winter melon treasures

17 comments:

  1. I love all the ingredients in this dish. Very luxurious and tasty indeed! Lovely presentation as well :)

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  2. Yum! That looks delicious and I love your presentation. I've never had winter melon though, but it sounds interesting.

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  3. Shirley, this is quite the dish. All the ingredients are so different from each other in taste and texture, but blend wonderfully. Your presentation is always so creative and lovely. I'm going to bookmark this one for sure and maybe try it when my in-laws are in town. Thank you for always providing me with such luxurious recipes.

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  4. Absolutely glorious dish! What fantastic combinations of flavor...love it!
    Hope you are having an amazing week :)

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  5. That's again such another beautiful dish! Drooooooling :D

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  6. This can be one of the prosperous Chinese New Year dish.

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  7. How lovely that looks. I like the different textures and flavours you've used. It is so nice to eat a dish with a lot of ingredients. Every bite is a different experience.

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  8. I love the presentation. How nice to have your food serve always hot with the burner beneath the dish. Must be real yummy!

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  9. What a fascinating combination of ingredients, this dish looks spectacular!

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  10. Wow! This dish is expensive :-P
    Great idea in microwave the winter melon instead of steaming.
    Will bookmark for my next CNY dish!

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  11. Thank u so much for your generous comments! This was also one of my dishes for CNY Reunion Dinner. U can cook this for any occasions & it's a great 1-dish meal too.

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. The melon will soften so fast in the microwave? Can I use the wok to steam this instead? I have planned to cook mushrooms with sea cucumber this CNY, plus oysters, scallops... and now I see this, I might want to try it... it looks so special... hmmm...

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    1. Reana, melon cooks real fast. Depending on your oven capacity, adjust timing accordingly. Sure, u can steam too. Because I'd so many dishes to handle by myself, it's faster & easier to microwave. Happy cooking, dear!

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  13. haha, you should try carving the winter melon next time! Maybe a snake? xD

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    1. Ken, u sure are testing my skills! Hahaha! Always wanted to learn Thai carvings. They're so beautiful!

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