Posted by: gargupie | December 15, 2008

Kabocha – Pumpkin

A lot of my favorite bloggers swear by pumpkin oatmeal. 🙂 I’ve never tried it…yet, but the photos they told are amazing. I’ve my own version of oatmeal as well, which I’ll share of course! But for this post, I want to praise pumpkin…not just any pumpkin, but the Japanese kind called kabocha. I first experienced this delicious vegetable when I taught English in Japan. My Japanese friend let me try her grandmother’s boiled kabocha and I felt in love. Because kabocha is very hard, the Japanese like to boil it in mirin, some soy sauce, and a little sugar. The kabocha then comes out so tender and moist. But I’m lazy. Don’t have time to go through that process, so I buy the frozen kabocha from a Japanese market. It is quite expensive (like all Japanese things, right?), but a little goes a long way. Here’s a picture of the frozen kabocha.
There are lots of way to use kabocha. Here’s a website as a starter http://japanesefood.about.com/od/vegetable/p/japanesekabocha.htm
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