Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cookbook Countdown #5 : Sauteed Chayote

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Cookbook Countdown #5 : Recipe No. 5 - Sauteed Chayote with Pork
from my selected cookbook for this month, Wild, Wild East by Bobby Chinn

Chayote squash

Have you tried Chayote squash before? Chayote squash is similar to the fuzzy melon in taste, but it is more sweet and firm in texture. Makes a delicious stir-fry savoury dish, great as part of a meal to eat with rice. According to Bobby Chinn, they use this veggie as a base for grilled fish served at his restaurant. The beef can be replaced with prawns or crabs. I have cooked this with prawns and again, with pork. Both are delicious. You would only need two Chayote squash, medium to large sized ones, to cook a large plateful. 

I have sliced the Chayote squash to thin julienne pieces and have cooked them a little longer. They have a firm texture. After cooking for about 10 minutes or so,  they would be tender but with a little crisp bite. Really quite delicious! 

Sauteed Chayote with Beef
(adapted from "Wild, Wild East" by Bobby Chinn)
Serves 4
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 lb (200gm) beef, thinly sliced (I replaced with pork)
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp crushed garlic
1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lb (600gm) chayote squash, peeled and cut into slices about 1-in thick (I sliced to thin julienne pieces)
1/2 tsp fish sauce
3 scallions, cut into 1-in pieces

In a mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients with the beef (pork) and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Heat half of the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until slightly golden. Add the marinated meat and stir-fry rapidly to ensure the meat cooks evenly. When the meat is lightly cooked but still rare, transfer it to a warm bowl. 
In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and add the chayote and fish sauce. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. (I stir-fry the pork slices for a few minutes until fully cooked, then add the chayote and seasoning. Pour in about 1/4 cup water, cover the wok and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, did not add the scallions. Serve hot or at room temperature with rice).
Add the scallions, toss well, then add the meat back and cook for about a minute or until the scallions are slightly wilted.

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  1. Joyce, I have seen these chayote squash but I did not know what to do with them LOL! Now I know and I am quite eager to try it.

  2. Delightful! Perfect for the lunch in the hot summer days.

  3. I see this vegetable in the stores all the time but have never known what to do with it. This delicious recipe looks like a good place to start.

  4. Hi Joyce, simply beautiful. The buddha's gourd is sweet and goes well with the tasty meat strips.

  5. Hi Joyce,

    Please pardon me for being so mountain tortoise... ha ha ha. I don't know what is chayote and assume that I have not seen them before!!! Shame shame me :p


  6. Very nice! I googled it, and seems that this can be eaten raw as well!