Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Golden Pumpkin

We love pumpkin, do you? Pumpkin is very nutritious and we just love the good natural sweetness from it. My family enjoy having a "non-meat" dish once a while and I have this dish created with whatever I have in my fridge. Yeah, it is steamed pumpkin together with lightly fried "tau pau" or soft beancurd roll covered with gravy made from oyster and dark soy sauce and garnish with strips of black fungus aka woodear mushroom. A simple and easy to prepare dish for the family.

A short extract to share :

Health Benefits extracts from "HowStuffWorks"

The distinctive bright orange color of pumpkin clearly indicates that it's an excellent source of that all-important
beta-carotene. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who fail to include beta-carotene-rich foods in their diet. Pumpkin also has another carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

1. Cut the pumpkin into thick slices and steam for 8mins (or till soften)
2. Cut the soft beancurd roll into pieces and lightly fried both sides

This is the packet of soft beancurd roll which I obtained from the vegetarian grocery stores

For the Gravy :
1. Heat a little oil in a pan and saute the chopped ginger till aromatic
2. Add in 1/4 cup water, 3 Tbs oyster sauce, 1 Tbs dark soy sauce
3. Optional - add in the slices of black fungus and bring it to a boil
4. To thicken the gravy, add 1 Tbs cornstarch

Have a Healthy and Happy Meal!

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