This is one of my favorite comfort foods. I even had to call up my mom for the recipe. Its fairly easy to do. You would just have to have the muscle power to get the coconut milk and cream out of the grated coconut. For an easier way, you can use canned coconut milk and cream however, nothing beats freshly squeezed coconut cream.
I did not have the exact measurements for the ingredients. Just add more or less depending on your taste.
Cube the squash into bite size pieces. Set aside
Cut the string beans into manageable lengths.
Slice the onions and mince the garlic. Set aside
Wash the dried fish and slice it into two or three if you have a fairly large one.
Place into a pot the Squash, Onions, Garlic and dried fish then pour in the coconut milk about three fourths full. Don't submerge everything in the milk unless you would want a soupy dish.
Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
Simmer until the squash is soft.
Add the coconut cream and make sure that it does not boil so the mixture won't curdle.
Add the string beans.
Simmer over very low heat.
Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
Serve while hot with a bowl of steaming hot rice.