English gourd or chayote can be found at very reasonable price in hypermarket. I bought one less than MYR1. Besides using it for stir-frying, it's a good ingredients for soup boiling. Both cooking methods are great with the natural sweetness of English gourd.
English Gourd and Carrot Soup
1 English gourd, cored and cut into cubes
1 carrot, peeled and cut into bite-sized
8 red dates, pitted
250gm of pork ribs
1 liter water
Light soy sauce or salt to taste
1. Blanch the pork ribs in boiling water, drain and set aside.
2. Add English gourd, carrot, pork ribs and red dates into the inner pot of slow cooker.
3. Bring 1 liter water to a boil. Pour it over the ingredients.
4.Simmer under high heat for 2 hours, and turn to low heat for the last few hours.
5. Add seasonings and serve hot.