I hated vegetables when I was a kid, and there are some, such as ampalaya (bitter gourd) and okra, that I still don’t like now. But there are also certain vegetables that I really love, especially the leafy ones.

And sayote (chayote). It’s like green papaya, but softer when cooked that it melts in your mouth. It tastes really good! Sayote has a hint of sweetness, because it easily absorbs liquid from the stock or broth where it’s being cooked. It cooks fast too!

So, if you find yourself one day not knowing what to cook, here’s a simple sayote dish for your to try:

Ground Pork with Sayote

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1/4 kilo ground pork (beef or combination)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium-size sayote, peeled and sliced in about 1 inch length

How to prepare:

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium flame. Sauté garlic, tomato, and onion. When onion is translucent, add ground meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until meat is slightly brown.
  2. Add water and sayote. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until sayote is cooked. Season as needed.
  3. Serve with rice.

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  1. I lived on Panay island for 2 years and I always loved this dish. I had never heard of Sayote before then. I would love to see more Filipino restaurants in America with this kind of stuff, kaya lang hindi kami masyadong mahilig sa kanin, di ba? Puro tinapay lang, hehe. Joke.

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