Pork Mince over Pumpkin (Japanese recipe)

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by JustJanS

Tomoko and her sister cooked this last night. It's from a Japanese cookbook Tomoko's mum sent us. This is our translation of the recipe. The recipe suggests it serves 6-8, but 4 of us ate it as part of a dinner with lots of small courses. I could have eaten all of it! Beef or chicken mince would be good with this too.

Top Review by Manon Barwick

This is a great week-day recipe because it is really quick and easy. But to add more flavour I think garlic +/or onion would be nice? Honey might also be nice? I have already made this a few times now and I really enjoy it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the pumpkin into 2cm (3/4 inch) dice, put it on a plate, cover with wrap and microwave until tender (about 7 minutes) Allow to cool a little (so you can handle it) but whilst still hot, remove skin.
  2. Cool.
  3. Place the water, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, chilli and salt in a pan, when it boils, add the pork mince.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes or until all the pork is cooked and the colour has changed.
  5. Mix the cornstarch and extra water together add to the pork mince and cook until thickened.
  6. Pour this sauce over the pumpkin and serve.

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