Shrimp Noodles in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Hipon)
Shrimp, rice noodles in coconut milk with Opo and acorn squash is a creamy and flavorful dish simmered with coconut milk. It’s a perfect comfort food for Filipinos abroad, especially during rainy and Winter season.
I bought the shrimp frozen, washed them with cold water to thaw a little so I can remove the tails. Because I have been craving for this a while now, I just want to scoop, bite, chew and swallow and not be interrupted by peeling off the shells and tails.
I used the coconut milk in the can, but it is better if you can get it fresh. Although some grocery stores sell coconuts where I live, I have no way of grating them. Also, I made a little twist by adding a pinch of chili powder. Traditionally, it is supposed to be a whole red chili. If you prefer not to, that is fine also.
You can eat this with rice, bread or by itself and you can reheat the leftovers.
- 1/2 lb cooked shrimp (deveined, tail removed)
- 1 medium bottle gourd or opo squash, quarter sliced
- 1 cup acorn squash, quarter sliced
- 6 oz thin rice noodles
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tomato, chopped or diced
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 pinch chili powder
- 1/4 cup water
- vegetable oil
- salt & pepper to taste
Heat stock pot over medium-high heat. Pour in the vegetable oil. When the oil is ready, saute onions until soft. Then, add garlic. Stir a little.
Add the squash first. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then, add the bottle gourd. Cook also for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato, shrimp, water and fish sauce. Mix well. Cover and bring to a boil.
Uncover. Stir. Pour in the coconut milk and mix. Cover.
Turn heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes.
Remove cover. Stir. Add salt and ground black pepper. Taste. Add more seasonings if needed. Then, sprinkle a pinch or two of chili powder. Mix well.
Place the noodles in the middle. Submerge the noodles by pushing it down using the ladle. Cover.
Simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and mix well. Remove from heat.
Serve with rice or your favorite side dish.