chayote tops with guava sauteedHere is a recipe mostly being cooked in the province where the ingredients are readily available in the backyard.  In many places in the Philippines, chayote can be grown in the backyard.  Guava tree also bears fruits all year round.  Ripe guava fruits are usually used for sour-based soups in the Philippines.  See recipe of pork sinigang sa bayabas here.

Ingredients: Quantity is usually as per preference

a bundle of Chayote (sayote) tops
10-15 pieces small guava fruits, ripe – peeled – (you can make some small cuts to have the juice comes out when cooking)
a piece of onion
clove of garlic
sliced or ground pork
salt or fish sauce to season
half cup of water


1. Sauté the garlic and onion.
2. Add the pork and let it be cooked.
3. Add the chayote tops and guava fruit and add water.
4. Cover and let it simmer.
5. Season according to taste with fish sauce or salt.