Hi. If you have been following me for a while you know how much I like kabocha (Japanese pumpkin).
I don’t think it will ever get old, as it’s so versatile.
And all it is is a little green pumpkin.
It looks quite unassuming really. But that’s how these things get you!
Just like the free samples at Costco or the farmer’s market. Once you taste it, you just have to get whatever you just had!!
So back to this pumpkin.
Usually, it has a dull or dark green skin, but once you cut it open, you’ll discover it has a pastel gold flesh hiding on the inside.
That gold pastel turns into a very rich and deep gold once you cook it. It’s quite pretty in terms of natural food color I think.
You can also eat the skin which is nice, with no peeling required it’s less work than other squashes! Pretty sweet aye!!
The seasoning on this is quite basic
But the kabocha has plenty of it’s own flavor, so you don’t need any fancy seasoning.
Sake, sugar, and soy sauce works like magic here.
The resulting combo is a delicate balance of sweet and savory.
Don’t let the little green pumpkin intimidate you.
If it does, show it who’s boss and eat it up!
This was the perfect side for my delicious meal pictured below.
In summary, I liked that kabocha was easy and quick to make.
If you end up buying a whole kabocha, you can probably use the other half for one of my other recipes.
So don’t let it go to waste!
Stay tuned for the macaroni salad which is coming up next!!
Here are the other parts of this weeks menu-
For those keen on getting started cooking Japanese food, I’ve put together a quick reference on Japanese Food Supplies that can help get you started! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!
In case you missed them, here are some of my other Japanese recipes!
- Kinako Ice Cream with Kuromitsu
- Japanese Style Broccoli Salad with Egg and Ham
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Ham
- Creamy Mentaiko Pasta with Fresh Spaghetti
- Omusubi (Japanese rice balls) with tuna, salted salmon, and umeboshi
- Japanese Radish Salad with Tuna and Radish Sprouts
- Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting
- Japanese Style Macaroni Salad with Tuna
- Japanese Green Tea Ice Cream (egg yolk free!)
- Mizuna (Japanese Mustard Greens) with Garlic and Bacon