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fuzzy melon or hairy gourd vermicelli dried shrimp on the white plate

Hairy Gourd Vermicelli and Dried Shrimps

Hairy gourd vermicelli & dried shrimp (節瓜粉絲蝦米) is a classic and traditional homey Cantonese dish that you won’t normally see at Chinese restaurants. In this Chinese hairy gourd vermicelli recipe, it has step by step photos and a video to show you how to make this fuzzy melon vermicelli & dried shrimp at home. 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 106kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 Hairy Gourd (Medium sized)
  • 2 Vermicelli noodles (Mung bean noodles)
  • ½ cup Dried shrimp
  • teaspoon Salt (Remember add to your taste)
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Water/ soaked dried shrimp water


  • Rinse and soak ½ cup of dried shrimps in a bowl. Pour 3 cups of water into the bowl and let it soak for 15-30 minutes before cooking. (Don't discard the soaked dried shrimp water, we will use it later.)
  • Meanwhile, pour 4 cups of water into a mixing bowl and soak 2 pieces of vermicelli noodles for 15-30 minutes before cooking. 
  • Next, mince 3 cloves of garlic.
  • Then, use a knife to scrape off the skin of a medium sized hairy gourd. (Try not to use a peeler.)
  • After that, rinse and wash the squash.
  • Cut the fuzzy melon into slices (Around ⅛ inch thick.)
  • The following, cut them into strips. (Around ¼ inch wide.)
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into the pan and add the minced garlic from step 3. Turn on the fire to medium small stir fry the garlic a little bit.
  • Next, add the cut fuzzy melon/ hairy gourd into the pan. Stir fry them a little bit.
  • After, add the soaked dried shrimp from step 1. Pour 2 cups of the soaked dried shrimp water into the pan.
  • Add the soaked vermicelli noodles (mung bean noodles) from step 2. Mix them a little bit.
  • Cover the lid and let it cook with the small fire for 10-15 minutes.
  • Uncover the lid and keep stir frying it until the squash is soft.



Cooking tips for how to make hairy gourd vermicelli & dried shrimp:

  • Peel off skin of fuzzy squash, use a knife to scrape off the skin. Try not to use a peeler.
  • Be careful when you try to peel off the skin because the tiny hairs may be poking at your hands. 
  • Wash and soak vermicelli noodles and dried shrimps for 15-30 minutes before cooking.
  • Do not discard the soaked dried shrimp water and use it to cook this dish because it can bring out the umami taste.  
  • Cook the squash until it’s soft, around 15 minutes. My mom likes to cook the zit gau very soft.  


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 337mg | Sodium: 1263mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg