Shrimp with Bora aka Chinese Long Beans


I love Bora!  This is what we call chinese long beans in Guyana.  You can find it at the asian market, west indian grocery store or farmers market.  It is delicious stew, steamed or stir fried.  As a child I used to eat this raw with just salt as a snack.  Great when sauteed with meat or finely chopped and added to chow mein.  Its similar to the string beans but with more of a crunch.  They are a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C and very  low in calories.  I love to prepare these with shrimp and serve it with brown rice. Yummy!


Shrimp and Bora


1 lb Chinese long beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

1lb white belly shrimp

1/2 onion, chopped

6 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp canola oil

1 bouillon

2 green onions chopped

1/8 tsp white pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 cup sofrito

2 tbsp lemon juice


Mix shrimp, lemon juice, sofito, white pepper, paprika together and set aside.  On a medium fire sautee onions in 2 tbsp of oil.  When onion have softened, add garlic and cook for another minute.  Add Bora and bouillon to the onion and garlic mixture.  Cook for 10 mins, until bora has softened a little.  Add water if needed, a little at a time, to prevent the bora from burning.

After the bora has softened and all the liquid is gone, add shrimp and green onions.  Cook for an addictional 5 minutes.  Serve this with brown rice.






  1. May 21, 2009 / 5:09 pm

    boy does this look satisfying….

  2. May 22, 2009 / 10:11 am

    I am currently in Guyana on a brief visit and guess what was on the menu today? 🙂 Oh yeah, bora and shrimps, one of my faviourite dishes.

  3. pds
    June 13, 2009 / 10:23 am

    That’s not bora like my mom used to make! Looks fabulous!

  4. Cheryl
    June 24, 2009 / 11:40 am

    Oh No my mom cuts a better tasting and looking Bora too.

  5. Cheryl
    June 24, 2009 / 11:41 am

    They wants us to cook a better Bora for you Cynthia.

  6. Serwa
    May 12, 2010 / 8:01 am

    i love bora. do you have a recipe for bora and salt fish instead of the shrimp?

  7. JehanP
    May 12, 2010 / 8:04 am

    No I don’t have a recipe using saltfish. You can easily substitute saltfish for the shrimp.

    July 21, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    I love bora, great recipe. Goes great with chicken and a few pieces of tomato as well!!

  9. Quteelocs
    February 3, 2012 / 10:14 pm


    Just have to tell you thanks – this blog is amazing. Cooked Shrimp and Bora lasnight… my boyfriend was soOoo happy and our 2 year old loved it.

    Tomorrow – bake and stew salmon.

  10. JehanP
    February 4, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Thanks Quteelocs 😉 I’m glad you guys enjoyed it.

  11. Melly
    August 22, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Just made this and added some curry. It was delicious. My mom was surprised I knew how to make it. Love your recipes.

  12. JehanP
    August 22, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it Melly, thanks for visiting!

  13. tisha
    February 12, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Love dis!! But since I didn’t go 2 d market amma substitute shrimp for chicken and water for coconut milk…. Tnxx thooo <3