Thus is one of the fewest recipes on how to cook chayote. I couldn't find any recipes on how to properly cook and prepare chayote online, then I remembered one of my childhood dishes - ginisang sayote - which transliterates to stir fried chayote but that name doesn't quite give this dish justice. It's a very healthy dish with the unique taste of the chayote. It's hard to describe, you just have to try it to believe it!
I would like to share it with everyone especially because it uses a fairly unusual ingredient in Western cooking: the pear squash, or sayote. For anyone that wants to know, the plant is actually native to Mesoamerica, but used quite often Asian cooking, appearing in salads and stir fries.
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Step 1: Ingredients
- 2 Chayote
- Ground pork
- Minced garlic
- Soy sauce
- Oyster Sauce
- Corn Starch
- Chopping board and Knife
Step 2: Mise En Place
Chayote is a Mesoamerican vegetable, but often used in Asian cooking. Not many people know how to prepare it, so here are some simple instructions!
- Peel the chayote and halve each vegetable.
- Scoop out the seeds of the vegetables with a spoon
- Slice each half into lengthwise pieces and wash them
- Diagonally cut into each quarters.
Step 3: Saute Garlic
- Saute the diced garlic in a non-stick pan
Step 4: Cook the Pork
You don't want to eat raw pork, so I usually make sure to stir fry my pork separately to make sure it's cooked through.
- Turn the heat on the stove to high.
- Add in a couple spoons of cooking oil and the minced garlic.
- When the pan has heated up, add in the pork and stir fry.
- Add in a couple tablespoons of soy sauce for flavor and the brown colour.
Step 5: Stir Fry
Time to add in the vegetables!
- In the same pan as your ground pork, add in the chopped chayote pieces.
- Saute the pork and chayote Add in about 1/3 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch.
- Keep sauteing until the chayote is soft, but almost done, and add in 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce.
- Stir the mixture around and let it thicken, then plate and serve
Enjoy with a nice bowl of rice!