Steamed Hairy Gourd Stuffed with Minced Pork

While the Pork Neck Bone and Pumpkin Soup is simmering away, Julie prepares her second dish which is Steamed Hairy Gourd Stuffed with Minced Pork. Hairy Gourd is another winter squash which is in season too.


Meanwhile, Vanessa prepared a simple fried rice with egg and green bean to accompany the Steamed Hairy Gourd.



  • 4 hairy gourds, peel and cut into 1 inch round
  • 2″ knob of ginger, minced
  • 1.5 lbs lean ground pork
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 egg, optional
  • corn starch


Click on the link below for the instructions.


IMG_9944Prepare the filing by mixing the ground pork with the ginger and green onion and the seasonings (salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil) in one direction with a pair of chopsticks, preferably until the mixture is elastic.
IMG_9940Use a pairing knife to remove the core and the seeds from the hairy gourd.

Repeat until all the hairy gourds are hollowed out.

IMG_9946Sprinkle some cornstarch inside the hairy gourd so that the filing will adhere to it.
IMG_9950Fill the hairy gourd with the pork mixture.

Boil some water in a steamer, make sure you have enough water.Place the hairy gourds on a plate and into the steamer. Cover and bring the water back to a boil where you can see steam escaping from the steamer. Only then, you start timing the steaming for 20 minutes.

IMG_9959Remove the hairy gourd from the steamer and arrange the hairy gourd on a plate. There will be some liquid left in the plate where you steam the hairy gourd. Use these liquid to prepare a sauce by bringing it back to a boil in a sauce pan and thicken it with some cornstarch solution. Add a few drops of sesame oil to give the sauce a shine.
IMG_9960Drizzle the sauce over the hairy gourds.

Julie and Vanessa, thank you for sharing in the South Arm Community Kitchen.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Suzette

    You have a great blog, very helpful for moms! Keep up your good work. I will bookmark your site.

    I think you can open a restaurants with this. 🙂

    BTW, can’t find your ‘About’ – want to know more about your blog, but couldn’t find more…

    1. Vern Gracia


  2. Jacqueline

    Do you know the chinese name for hairy gourd? I can’t figure out what kind of squash that is.

    1. Richard Lewis

      Máo guā

  3. suanne

    Hi Jacqueline, I think it’s call ‘Mao Gwa’ in Mandarin or ‘Jit Gwa’ in Cantonese.

  4. Chubbypanda

    I need to wait a few more months before it’s available in California, but I think I’ll try this recipe using tuna. Looks great. Thanks, Suanne!

  5. cocoa

    From the picture they hairy gourd look so much like cucumber.. do you if i can substitute with cucumber?

  6. suanne

    Hi Cocoa, you can’t substitute the hairy gourd with cucumber because their texture is different. The hairy gourd becomes very tender after steaming.

  7. Windy

    There was a time my mom made this dish all the time when I was around 15… Thanks for the recipe and would need to try it when I could get the hairy gourd…

  8. Jo

    This is my first time on your blog… it’s fantastic! I’m a newly married ABC, and I’m trying to recreate all the dishes my mom and his mom (both Cantonese) make at home. The pictures are really helpful, thanks!!

  9. Lina

    Those are not hairy gourd…Those are cucumbers…

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