Japan has great Pumpkins that have rather dry and powdery texture like Chestnuts. Since I moved to Australia, I have tried to create some pumpkin dishes that I used to cook in Japan, but all Pumpkins available in Australia, including a Pumpkin called Japanese Pumpkin, have turned too watery, sloppy or mushy. They are not suitable for those Japanese dishes such as this ‘Goma-ae’. HOWEVER, I recently discovered a solution. Use outer parts only and roast them.
450 to 500g Pumpkin Outer Parts with Skin
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil *optional
2 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds *ground
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- Cut Pumpkin into bite-size pieces and cut skin side into 20 to 25mm thick. Coat with a small amount Sesame Oil, spread on a baking tray, and roast in the oven at 200℃ for 15 minutes or until cooked. *Note: Use the softer parts for soup or something else.
- Meanwhile, Grind Toasted Sesame Seeds, add Sugar and Soy Sauce, and mix well to make sauce.
- Combine cooked Pumpkin and the sauce.
- *Note: The photo above is Kent Pumpkin, cut to 25mm thick. The skin was rather orange when I bought it. The photo below is Butternut Pumpkin, cut to 10mm thin. It was a little bit chewy.