Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stir fry Buddha's palm squash and glass noodles - Featured in Group Recipes

I started to like Buddha’spalm squash after a trip with the family to Cameron Highlands 2 years ago to visit my god son-in-law.  He took us up the hill to a vegetable farm where there were lots of Buddha’spalm squash (Chayote Salad). The owner of the farm was so generous and gave us more than 10 squashes for free.  After we returned home from Cameron, my mum started to cook this squash in many variation and one of them is to stir fry with glass noodles, dried shrimps and topped with crispy tiny anchovies.  This is so good especially when the glass noodles soaked up all the broth.  For those who are curious to know why this squash was given its name, here is the answer. It resembles the Buddha’s palm when in medidation and its medicinal properties are well-known in Chinese food lore as able to clear coughs, chest infections, and urinary tract infections. Interesting right?

1 whole Buddha’s palm squash (about 200gm) – peel skin and jullien
50 gm glass noodles 
¼ cup tiny anchovies
¼ cup dried shrimps
2 tbs vegetable oil
½ cup vegetable oil to fry tiny anchovies
1 tbs chopped garlic
1 cube bullion chicken stock
½ tsp dark caramel sauce
1 cup water
white pepper to taste

Deep fry tiny anchovies till golden brown, drain oil and set aside. Soak dried shrimps in luke warm water for about 15 mins. Drain the dried shrimps but save the water and set aside. Heat 2 tb oil in wok and fry garlic till fragrant. Add dried shrimps and fry till a little brown then add Buddha’s palm squash and stir fry for 2 mins.  Add glass noodles, thick black sauce and 1 cup of water and the water from soaking the dried shrimps.  Lower heat and add chicken stock and let it simmer till squash is limp and glass noodle is soft.  Add white pepper to taste. Add in the fried tiny anchovies and mix well before serving.

Many people wonders how the Buddha's palm squash looks like.  Here is picture of it:
If you cannot find this squash, you can substitute it with "Chit Kuah" another kind of squash that has slightly hairy green skin.


  1. Thanks Ron and mj for dropping by and your comments:D

  2. Hi Quay Po,
    where to find Buddha’spalm squash in Cameron Highlands?

    I was there 4 yr ago, wonder how much has it changed

    Buddha’spalm squash (Chayote Salad) looks healthy to me.

    I am more inerested in the medicinal properties of Buddha Palm Squash clear coughs, chest infections, and urinary tract infections.

    I wonder if can get in Singapore?


  3. Alan,
    You can get in any vegetable farm in Cameron Highlands. I am not sure if you can get them in Singapore but I will ask my girlfriend in Singapore whether she can get this squash there and revert.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Hi,
    The dish looks so delicious. I've never heard of this type of squash and wonder if it available in Canada.


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