Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 17 – Loofah

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are back in gourd land with loofah.

For most people a loofah is something to scrub themselves with in the bath or shower. Less well known is that these defoliants are actually dried gourds, the young, fresh variety of which are a popular vegetable in southern China and S.E Asia.

Loofah - 丝瓜

Loofah – 丝瓜

Alternative English names and spellings include luffa, lufah, ridge gourd or towel gourd. In Chinese it is 丝瓜.

Loofah is lightly flavoured and is normally stir fried. It goes well with frog. I’ve also had it steamed with garlic.  I like this one.

Around ¥6.60 per 500g in most supermarkets

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One Response to “Friday Food 17 – Loofah”

  1. vera Says:

    I like having it stir fried with eggs.

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