Pumpkin (Chinese)

Ingredient Name: Pumpkin (Chinese variety)

Traditional Chinese Name: 南瓜 (nán guā)

The Chinese pumpkin is similar to the Japanese pumpkin in taste and do produce a very similar sweetness to soups.  It’s a great texture to eat when boiled soft and packed with nutrients.  Not always the easiest ingredient to find (even in wet marts), but if you can find it fresh and available, pick one up!

What is this?
  • A gourd that is part of the squash family
  • This type of pumpkin is seedless and come in relatively large sizes
  • There are a variety of pumpkins that come in skin colours of orange, yellow, green, white, red and gray
  • They are cooked in a variety of ways:  boiled, in pies, soups, cakes, cookies, seeds, fried, baked, steamed, desserts
  • Pumpkins provide a good source of carbohydrates and are extremely high in Vitamin A, C,  and betacartone (the stuff that’s good for your eyes)

How do I prepare it?

  • Cut the pumpkin into halves and quarters first using a large knife
  • You can then slowly peel away the skin by resting the pumpkin flat on one-side and slicing away the skin
  • Some people will boil the skin with the soup (although this completely up to you)

Where can I buy this?

  • Most asian supermarkets will carry Chinese pumpkin
  • Your local wet mart will also carry it

What is the cost?

  • On average, a half-sized Chinese pumpkin will cost $20-$25 HKD (as pictured above in size)

Any benefits?

  • Pumpkins are extremely high in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • They are a good source of carbohydrates

Any precautions?

  • Be careful of cutting pumpkins, it is not an easy task


Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米南瓜蘿蔔湯 (yù mǐ nán guā hóng luóbo tāng)

Another variation of vegetable pork broth.  The beauty of pork broth and natural vegetables is the different types of soups you can make based on seasonality and availability of various vegetables.  I like orange veggies because of their intensity of beta-carotene and it eats like a meal.  Just another great soup that is naturally sweet and perfect for the whole family.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
1/2 fresh Japanese pumpkin

1 teaspoon of salt (for marinating pork)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Marinate pork in salt overnight (to expel the fire in the pork)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. In a separate pot, boil water to blanch your pork
  4. Wash and chop all ingredients (pumpkin is both OK with or without skin)
  5. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 1 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Soup extremely high in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • 100% natural ingredients ideal for children and pregnancies

Any precautions?

  • None!