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This is the most common (& delicious!) method of cooking pumpkin in Japan. The usual hard-skinned variety of pumpkin/squash is best. You don't have to worry about peeling off all the skin - as long as you wash it & chop any rough bits, it's good enough to eat!
- Prepare the pumpkin. Mix the other ingredients together.
- Place everything in a large frying pan with the skin face down. Bring to a light boil.
- Reduce heat & place a couple of wet paper towels on top of the pumpkin. (Do not skip this step!).
- Simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the pumpkin is nicely cooked, but not soft & mushy.
Yummy! I have had this in the past in Japanese restaurants and wanted to try this at home. It worked well both with a Japanese pumpkin and the typical Western one. I'm sure we will make it again because it was a lovely salty-sweet treat (one of my favourite flavour combos).