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Homey hairy gourd dish with simple ingredients, seasonings

Simple ingredients and seasonings make a comforting dish

This braised hairy gourd dish is cooked with fresh prawns instead of the usual dried shrimps.
This braised hairy gourd dish is cooked with fresh prawns instead of the usual dried shrimps.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN

This week's recipe has a most intriguing name - tai yee ma ka loi. That Cantonese phrase translates to "eldest auntie marries off her daughter".

Curiouser and curiouser. The dish seems too everyday to be served at a wedding, so that cannot be the reason for its name. Was it tai yee ma's signature dish? Or the daughter's one last taste of mama's cooking before she left home?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Homey hairy gourd dish'. Subscribe