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What was Cooking in the GF-Chopstix Kitchen?

Didn’t those happy faces look so cute and appetizing?

This recipe is made using an Asian vegetable.  It is grown on a vine, and has a very subtle flavour.  It can be fried with meat, or as a vegetarian dish.

This is what was cooking in the GF-Chopstix kitchen:

Silk melon

(gluten-free, egg free, dairy free, corn free, nut free, oat free)


Servings: 2

By: gfchopstix

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes


  • Fresh ginger, chopped
  • Fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of whole prickly ash (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sunflower oil
  • Salt, as per your perference
  • 1 Tablespoon of vinegar
  • A few drops of flavoured oil (optional)
  • 200g of Silk melon



  1. Rinse, then peel and slice the silk melon into rounds
  2. Peel and chop the garlic and ginger
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil in a wok on high
  4. Add the prickly ash and when it starts to bounce around,
  5. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for about 30 seconds
  6. Place the silk melon into the wok, and turn the heat down to medium
  7. Add a small amount of water (about a tablespoon) and stir gently
  8. Season with salt (this will draw out the water in the melon)
  9. Cover with a lid, and simmer on low until the melon is tender (5-8 minutes)
  10. Remove the lid, and stir in vinegar and flavoured oil (I added sesame oil)
  11. Remove from heat and serve

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5 thoughts on “What was Cooking in the GF-Chopstix Kitchen?

    1. Apparently, another name for it is ‘Chinese okra’. These are longer and lighter in colour to okra though. Also, they don’t have the white seeds inside. The taste is rather bland, which is why I add garlic and ginger, and other spices for flavour. I’d say it is similar to a marrow.

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  1. GF…interesting and looks good. I don’t know what silk mellon or prickly ash are??? The mellon looks like a cucumber, is it a relative? I would eat anything with ginger in it. I boil it and drink it as tea. I eat ginger yogurt. So I’m sure I’d like this dish.

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