Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stir-Fried Chayote with Vermicelli

Cooking has made to learn a lot new ingredient names.  Chayote?  never heard of not eaten?  What is it?
 But the photo posted by Noobcook.com was very tempting....  I am very curious to find out how chayote taste like?


I first tried this last Saturday and it was very tasty and good and I did it again on Sunday.  So good that I have it for two days consecutively,

Recipe adapted from Noobcook.com

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

- 1 whole chayote (佛手瓜/合掌瓜), peeled and sliced to thin strips
- 1 tbsp dried shrimps (aka Hay Bee, heibi, Xiami, 虾米)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 slices ginger, sliced thinly
- 30g vermicelli (tang hoon/mung bean noodles), soaked to soften and drained
- a small handful of dried black fungus, soaked to soften and cut to strips
- 1 carrot, peeled and finely shredded

Sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (if you are cooking clear Chinese soup, you can use that too)
- 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp Chinese wine (hua tiao/shao hsing)
- water from soaking the dried shrimps
Directions
1. Rinse dried shrimps and soak them with hot water (just enough to cover the shrimps) in a small bowl. Drain the dried shrimps, setting aside the soaking water. Pat dry the shrimps with kitchen towel.
2. Heat oil in wok and saute the ginger and dried shrimps until fragrant. Add garlic and stir fry for about 30 seconds.
3. Add chayote and black fungus strips. Stir fry for about 3 minutes.
4. Add carrot and sauce. Let the contents simmer for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add vermicelli and allow the noodles to soak up the sauce.


Cooking Notes

1. The chayote is slightly slippery during peeling and slicing so do be careful.
2. For a vegetarian version, omit the dried shrimps and use vegetable stock.
3. The carrots are finely shredded using a special vegetable peeler. If you are cutting them by hand like in the case for the chayote, add the carrots in step 3 instead of 4.
4. If you like to add meat, check out
chayote with pork recipe. You can also use leftover roast meat.

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8 comments:

  1. chayotes are very sweet.
    try boiling soups with it, delicious!

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  2. Learn a difference way of cooking chayote, sound yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. thanks for trying out the recipe and glad u like it :)

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  4. yes, this is very tasty and nice! I would like to add in vermicelli like you did the next time i cook this.

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  5. This is very healthy dish. Will get the ingredients and like it too :)

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  6. Wendy - thanks for the suggestion. Would certainly love to try it.

    Sonia - thanks

    noobcook - I should thank you for sharing.

    lena - look forward to seeing yours.

    Ann - thanks.

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  7. I usually use to boil soup which is also very tasty...this dish of yours looks delicious!

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  8. I love chayote. Usually I fried with hae bee.

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