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Kabocha Pumpkin Hot Pot
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Kabocha is an all-around great squash. It's great looking, with its knobby forest green exterior and vivid orange interior; it's great for you, chock full of vitamins and minerals; and it tastes fantastic, even sweeter than butternut squash. If those aren't enough reasons to love the Japanese pumpkin, some cultures even consider it to be an aphrodisiac.
This Kabocha Pumpkin Hot Pot from Japanese Hot Pots by chef Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat is a wonderful way to get familiar with kabocha. The kabocha in this dish breaks down slightly in the cooking process, enriching and thickening in the process. This hot pot is a great vegetarian dish, filled with sweet and satisfying chunks of kabocha, plenty of earthy mushrooms, and chewy udon noodles.