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Malay Style Stir Fried Chayote Shoots with Dried Anchovies

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I’ve seen on Sonia’s blog, she cooked this. And it has been long since I’ve eaten this.
I can easily get Chayote shoots at Ipoh’s Jusco, unlike in Klang Valley where it is hard to find.
Oh, if you think these are the same as pumpkin shoots, no they are not. In Chinese, these are called 龙须菜 ("loong sou choy" in Cantonese)

Now, let me tell you the difference,
Pumpkin shoots are hairy and big, whereas chayote leaves are smaller and smooth.
Chayote shoots taste better, if you ask me, I’ve eaten pumpkin shoots countless times cos our Malay friends like to put in pumpkin leaves when they cook their pumpkin in coconut milk (labu masak lemak).

So, how does one prepare these?
Soak chayote shoots in clean water for 10 minutes and shake off the water. Just pluck 2 inch segments starting from the top (pluck the tendrils to suitable lengths) until it feels tough. You will know if it’s tough if it needs extra effort to pluck. Discard the rough bits. Do not wash the plucked vegetables after this. No matter what vegetables they are, wash before you cut or pluck and not after, so that you will not wash away the nutrients.

So, here’s my rendition of stir fried chayote leaves , done in Malay style of stir fry.

Malay Style Stir Fried Chayote Shoots with Dried Anchovies
Recipe source: Wendyywy
Inspired by Sonia and my Malay friends
500gm chayote shoots
1 red chilli
½ onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed, or just slice it
2 Tbsp dried anchovies (ikan bilis), rinsed
1 cup water
½ tsp salt

1. Heat wok and put in 2 Tbsp cooking oil. Put in garlic and sliced onions and cook until garlic is slightly golden and fragrant.
2. Put in chilli and dried anchovies. Fry for a while until the anchovies smell good.
3. Put in chayote leaves and toss. When the chayote leaves look slightly wilted, put in water.
4. Cook for 1-2 minutes and season with salt. Dish up.

15 lovely notes:

elpi November 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Healthy! so good for you, so quick and so yummy :)

Belly Good Cooking November 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

Hey... I always see these vege in Malay vege stalls. Didn't know what and how it tastes until now. Thanks for the info and recipe. Looks yummy and healthy too. :P

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more November 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Any vegetable is nice and healthy. :)

Belly Good,
No, I don't think you can find this at Malays vege stalls, those are pumpkin shoots. As chayotes are grown in the highlands, it's usually found at those who are selling vegetables from Camerons and not local lowland produce. Unless the Malay stalls are selling Cameronian vegetables, if not I bet they are pumpkin shoots that they eat very often. Watch out for hair, pumpkin shoots are hairy.

Jeannie November 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

Still looks so fresh even after they're cooked!

Wen November 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

Something new to me. Never seem this vegetables before. Looks good!

WyYv November 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

I seldom have that dish.. I feel like eating it suddenly after seeing ur post :)

Cucina di Barbara November 17, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

Just discovered your blog and I am following you!:)

I will come back here very often... it is so inspiring!

Have a nice day!

cikmanggis November 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

Belum pernah makan sayur yang begini.Boleh cuba :)

lena November 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

hi, i seldom cook this vege but whenever i cook this..it's only one style ..with belacan and dried shrimps.

Elin November 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

Looks good, will try cooking it this way :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more November 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

Don't cook veggies for too long to retain it's freshness and nutrition.

Not sure if this can be found in Singapore

LOL, go buy some.

Cucina di Barbara,
Thanks for coming, hope to see u around again

Boleh.. tapi rupanye seakan akan pucuk labu. Tapi licin daunnya.

Can even cook masak lemak with this. My grandaunt cooked this, masak lemak style.

Hope you like this.

Quay Po Cooks November 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

I love this vege. Never fail to order when I go eat Malay food store but they are usually cooked in lemak. Your photos are fabulous!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more November 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

Quay Po Cooks,
Sorry but I doubt whether this is what you've eaten there. Big chances is, it's pucuk paku or fern shooots, something that Malays really love to eat. So far, this is not eaten by many Malays.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) November 19, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

my family love this, Jusco here is selling, usually I will buy two bundles as one bundle is too little for my family. My tip for this dish is you have to add more cooking oil, more oil taste better..

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more November 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

thanks for the tip.
I was trying to replicate Malay's way of masak air.

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