Mapo Kabocha Squash

Mapo Kabocha Squash

Simmered kabocha squash is not a main dish, but this dish really whets your appetite!

Ingredients: 2-3 people

Kabocha squash
Ground pork
Big thumb-sized piece
Chinese chicken stock powder
1/2 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil
1 teaspoon


1. These are the ingredients. I added chicken soup stock to 150 ml of water for the Chinese soup.
2. Peel the kabocha while leaving bits and pieces of the skin here and there, and cut into 3 cm cubes. Finely chop the leeks and ginger.
3. Heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a nonstick pan, and saute the leeks and ginger. Once it has produced an aroma, add in the Doubanjiang spicy bean paste and saute.
4. Add ground meat and saute some more. Once the meat has broken up, add kabocha.
5. Once the kabocha is coated in oil, add the Chinese soup. Bring to a boil, add in 1 tablespoon of sake, cover with a lid, and boil over a low heat for about 5 minutes.
6. It is done if you can stick a bamboo skewer through a kabocha. Remove the lid and add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, boil down over a strong heat until the broth evaporates.
7. Once the broth has evaporated, swirl in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and it is done. Serve garnished with scallions and parsley.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made this so my children would enjoy eating kabocha. I made it mapo-tofu style .