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Chayote, Sweet Corn and Mushroom Soup

Monday, July 12, 2010



I saw this recipe on Blessed Homemaker’s. I was attracted to this soup, because it uses chayote. Well, some call it buddha’s hand gourd, some call it english gourd, whatever you call it, it’s that green gourd with a slit in the middle.

I have always loved Chayote, because it is so swweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
And indeed, when paired with sweet corn in this soup, it is even sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeter. Infused with the fragrance of mushrooms. Minimal salt is needed, but, please, do not use loads of water, if not, don’t blame me if the soup is tasteless.

The original version called for Agrocybe aegerita mushrooms, but my shitakes weirdly are labeled as 茶树姑, the same Chinese name for aegrocybes. I just used that (hahaha, just because the Chinese name’s the same), because I don’t have agrocybe, the real茶树姑. My mushrooms are from Eu Yan Sang, so that can’t be wrong, I guess they might have been grown on Chinese tea tree trunks. Actually they might be camellia mushrooms , as the Chinese tea bush’s scientific name is Camellia Sinensis, so I’m not surprised that these shitake lookalikes are actually camellia mushrooms, hence the Chinese translation 茶树姑.


Here’s what I did,
1 chayote, about 400gm, peeled and cut into chunks
2 sweet corns, cut into small pieces
5 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked, cleaned and halved
250gm pork loin or lean pork
2.5L water or 10 cups

Bring water to boil and put in everything. Put in on high eat for 30 minutes and low heat simmer for 2 hours. Season with a little bit of salt.

Everything got pretty tasteless after all the boiling, but…… the soup is so flavourful. Everything went into the broth…. Yummy :)

26 lovely notes:

busygran July 12, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Hi Wendy,
Just the kind of soup I should be taking now. I can taste the sweetness of the soup already.

manglish July 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 2 hrs ar....very expensive leh electricity here hahhaaahaha

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

busygran,
It's nice for our hot weather... Yummy for dinner.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 12, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

Manglish,
All Chinese soups also like this one la.. unless those quick soups, that only requires a quick boil.
Tak cukup lama, tak cukup sedap!!!

Angie's Recipes July 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

The weather has showed no mercy and been hot like hell recently...this is the perfect soup for the lunch with some Jiaozi.

Honey Bee Sweets July 12, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

Think I am going to try this too...jotting down the ingredients needed, thanks!

ICook4Fun July 13, 2010 at 5:56 AM  

I never make soup with chayote except for stir-fry. Great idea to add sweet corn to the soup as it will give extra sweetness to it. Is summer now so we can get 6 sweet corn for $1.00 :)

Little Inbox July 13, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

Normally I just like to drink the soup and forget about the gourd and corn. :)

makcikkantin July 13, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

Hi wendy,
'Nice meeting you'. seems to have fallen in love here & allow me to put you in my link so i can 'close-watched' whatever you cook :-)).
(psst, i'm going down to my kitchen to do the dulche de leche now)

Shirley @ Kokken69 July 13, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

Another homely dish my mother used to cook - there may be some variation to the ingredients used, but the essence is the similar...

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 13, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Angie,
When you make more jiaozi, don't forget my portion :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 13, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

Gert,
That's dirt cheap!!!

Here, even if it's bounty harvest, the cheapest is RM1 for 3.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 13, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

Little Inbox,
It's a norm for many to do that.
:)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

Makcikkantin,
sure.. link me up. it's FOC.
:)

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... July 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Shirley,
Oh... definately. Every family has their own versions of everything :)

Siew Ping July 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Oooh so thats what the gourd is called chayote....hmmm interesting. I think I'm going to like this. Will try it some time later.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears July 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

Oh, so it's called chayote...thanks for describing and showing it...
I've only bought it once...out of curiosity...after I cut it open, I decided to julienne it, stir-fry it with dried shrimp and tang-hun. The results? I quite like it , thought it tasted a bit like the 毛瓜。

mysimplefood July 20, 2010 at 2:28 AM  

Hi!! I always wondered how to cook this melon and didnt even know it is called chayote. I will try it out soon

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more July 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

mysimplefood,
don't forget to give me feedback on how it turns out ;)

Blessed Homemaker July 21, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

Glad you enjoyed this! We love this soup too!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more July 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Blessed Homemaker,
Thanks for the recipe :)

Anonymous,  February 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM  

Hi Wendy, Yesterday i had tried to boil this Chayote, sweet corn & mushroom soup, as u mentioned...its really sweet and very minimal of salt being put to taste! My gals love it very much!!! After boiling for 2 hours...the chayote was very soft and break to small pieces when we scooping our soup, make the soup a bit blur...do u put in the chayote together with corns to boil?? JasMine

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more February 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

JasMine,
Yawoh, I put in together. But so far, I boil soup with Chayote few times already, ok woh, not too soft.
Yeah, the salt is put in just to complete the flavour. If not it is only sweeet with no salty end.

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