This simple stir-fry is one that can be made quickly and is a tasty addition to any meal. You’ve probably seen chayote at your grocery store and wondered what to do with this pear-shaped vegetable or simply over-looked it because it looks like a fruit but is stocked in the produce section next to the squashes and gourds. The vegetable’s taste is mild and the texture is often described as a cross between a potato and a cucumber. I find the texture similar to an unripened honeydew. When stir-fried, try not to overcook it so you can enjoy the crunchy texture. You can stir fry this with any meat of your choice so if you’re not a huge fan of beef, feel free to substitute with chicken, pork or shrimp.
Watch the video below for instructions.
for the Meat Marinade:
1/2 lb beef sirloin tip (or any meat of your choice)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
for the Stir-Fry:
1/4 red onion
1/2 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp soy sauce (or season to your taste)
1/8 tsp black pepper
Slice beef into thin strips, approximately 1/4-inch thick by 2-inches long. Add all marinade ingredients to beef strips and combine everything together well. Allow to marinate while continuing to next steps.
Remove skin from chayote using a vegetable peeler. Cut vegetable into thin strips similar to the beef.
Thinly slice red onions.
Heat a wok over high heat. When hot, add oil and minced garlic and stir fry quickly for 10 seconds. Add beef and stir fry for 2 minutes partially cooking the meat. Transfer beef to a clean plate.
Add chayote and onions to wok and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Season with soy sauce and black pepper. Stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add beef back to wok and stir fry for another 2 minutes or until beef is cooked to the desired doneness.
Garnish with more ground black pepper.
Serve while hot.
Yields: 2-4 servings