Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable which can be cooked in many ways. You can fry it, make cakes out of it, steam it or even bake a cake with it. Today I will introduce one way of savoring the delicious sweet-tasting pumpkin is to cook it with rice in a rice cooker or clay pot over charcoal fire. It is called Pumpkin with Boiled Rice (Cơm Bí Ngô). This dish is one of Best Vietnamese Food. You can also cook it in a pot over a gas stove or electric burner but care is needed to prevent burning.
Pumpkin rice ensures that every taste of the pumpkin is fully absorbed by the rice and the use of other ingredients like dried prawns, mushrooms and belly pork makes this Best Vietnamese Food a truly satisfying dish to make and eat. You do not really have to cook anything else as you get your share of carbohydrate, protein, fat and fiber all in one dish. If you like pumpkins, you should try this.
Fry shallots in oil till golden brown. Remove fried shallots and set aside. Remove oil separately into a bowl.Bring a pot of water to boil and add belly pork. As the water starts re-boil, remove scum from surface till no more scum appears. Remove pork and allow cooling. Cut the pork into small pieces (just like the mushroom strips), retaining the fat.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of the shallot oil. Add pre-soaked mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add pre-soaked dried prawns. Continue stir-frying for another 2 minutes or so till aromatic.Add belly pork strips and stir well for about 2 minutes. Next, add pumpkin and continue stirring for another 2 minutes. Add a little shallot oil if combined ingredients are drying up.Add pre-soaked rice followed by seasoning and stir till ingredients are mixed well.
Remove combined ingredients and place into a rice cooker. Add the water previously used to soak mushrooms and dried prawns to cover the rice mixture completely with about 1 cm above the surface of the rice. Switch on the rice cooker and allow it to cook till done.
If you are cooking in the pot/wok, add water to cover the rice mixture, reduce heat to low, cover and allow it to cook slowly, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Cook till rice is fully cooked. Now this Best Vietnamese Food is really served.
Finally, if you love pumpkin, i think this dish is the food choice when traveling in Vietnam. It is not delicious, but also really healthy. Pumpkin is good for brain and eyes. It can help your kid’s health is improving alot when they get sick. This Best Vietnamese Food is so delicious, so you should try to cook it when having time. Hope you have a happy trip with your family. Good Luck for your Travel.
From EZ Vietnamese Cuisine Team.