Friday, 3 October 2014

Pumpkin Rice


I wanted to eat something good. Something really good. After a few days of hospital food and "chap fan", I really needed to eat something good!

Let's see, what do I have in the fridge? A few sad wedges of pumpkin (leftover from the week before), lots of frozen meat in the freezer and some lap cheong in the chiller. There's also some Basmati rice in the pantry and the best thing to cook is a one-dish meal.


I had defrosted and marinated the meat and left it to stand to room temperature while I prepared the other ingredients. I was still very weak and tired but I had to cook to feel alive again. Luckily, this is a simple dish. And thank God for the rice cooker!


It was well worth the effort. Best meal that I had in days hah...hah... and no, I'm not blowing my own trumpet. This is a really, really good and hearty one-dish meal. 


I know, I know, the carbs! But hey, I am recovering from dengue and I have to keep my nutrition up. This is not the time for dieting! I am really glad I ate something good. Burpppp.....










Pumpkin Rice
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 2 cups uncooked Basmati rice, washed and drained
- 3 cups water

- 300g pork shoulder loin, cut into cubes
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons light soya sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tsp dark caramel sauce

- 300g pumpkin, cut into small cubes
- 6 shitake mushrooms, soaked and cut into cubes
- 2 tbsp dried prawns (hae bee), soaked, rinsed and drained
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 Chinese sausage (lap cheong), casing removed and finely sliced

- chopped spring onions

Method :
1. Marinate the pork shoulder loin with garlic, oyster sauce, light soya sauce, fish sauce and caramel sauce. Set aside for 1/2 hour.
2. Heat oil in wok and saute sliced Chinese sausage until lightly browned. Dish out and set aside.
3. In the same oil, add minced garlic and saute until fragrant.
4. Add dried prawns and continue to fry until lightly browned and fragrant.
5. Add marinated pork and mushrooms. Add some water and simmer for about 20 minutes.
6. Add rice, fried Chinese sausage and pumpkin.
7. Give it a stir to mix and transfer everything into rice cooker
8. Add 3 cups of water and cook the rice as usual.
9. Once cooked, add chopped spring onions and serve hot.


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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Eileen of Eileen's Diary.

60 comments:

  1. Too sad to hear that you are admitted lately and hopefully you are fully recover now.
    This one dish meal looks superb and delicious.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe to LTU.

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    1. Hi Eileen! I am on the road to recovery and this pumpkin rice made my tummy very happy!

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  2. my kinda rice . simple and one pot cooks all. get well soon

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    1. Thank you, Meow! This pumpkin rice lifted my spirits :)

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  3. Hello Phong Hong, glad to see your are cooking again, means recovered liao.. But still need to rest more k.. Yes, I love one-pot dish, like one-pot chicken rice, pumpkin rice, yam rice.. Boy, from your pictures, no need to eat also know it's good liao la.. Really.. Very "yap mei" and "heong" becoz of the lap cheong and har mai, wow, all my favourite! And yes, thank god for the rice cooker :)

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    1. Hi Louiz! I am still not fully recovered, still feel fuzzy and tired. But got to eat mah? This type of rice with lots of liew and just simply campak into the rice cooker is my favourite meal. So easy and yet so sedap!

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  4. I love carbs and I need them to prepare for long runs. This looks good. ☺

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    1. Yes, Lina you can afford to eat lots of carbs. Not like me. Lepas makan, tenggek depan TV.

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  5. Maybe i should cook this one of the day...

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    1. Sharon, you must cook this rice dish. So easy and yet so delicious!

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  6. Oh? A friend gave me pumpkin bread that day - in today's post. I've cooked pumpkin porridge before - in place of sweet potatoes, never pumpkin rice. My girl would love this - she loves pumpkin.

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    1. Arthur, do try this one day. It is really good!

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  7. hello Phong Hong!! already recovered and now back with the cooking and baking mojo?? glad to know that you are finally back in action!! :)

    and the first strike after your long hiatus seems to be such a delicious looking pumpkin rice, of course i can only say "seems" because i can only see and not taste it (boohooo!!).. basmati rice, i actually like the texture, (or maybe the texture of all types of rice are the same??) it feels different chewing on basmati rice compared to our types of rice here.. and i heard if the rice is longer, the digestion is easier?? or the other way round?? haha..

    and certainly a very loaded pot of pumpkin rice!! look at the color, look at how many "liu" you have put in.. oooh, i love the mushroom and chinese sausage and dried prawns, can already imagine how fragrant the rice is with all these ingredients!!

    so forget about dieting!! you have been deprived of good food for the past two weeks!! so forget about that for the meantime and savor all the nice things you have baked or cooked!! it's long weekend, celebrate~~ hahaha!! :D

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    1. Hi SK! I am not well yet, still feel tired. I heard that it is normal and full recovery takes another 4-6 weeks. But I have to eat and therefore I have to cook! This rice I tell you, really cheered me up. All the ingredients blended well together and made the whole thing so tasty. Basmati rice is my preferred choice due to lower carb content. But even then, it is still a high carb food. No dieting for now. I have to focus on getting well!

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  8. Hi Phong Hong,
    I love one pot meal! Your pumpkin rice looks really delicious! With all the ingredients, sounds really, really, flavourful! Nothing beats homecooked meal.
    Glad that you are strong enough to do some cooking!
    Take care!

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    1. Hi Joyce! Yup, it is a good sign that I am well enough to cook and eat hah..hah... I am focussed on getting well. What would I give to feel normal again!

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  9. Hi Phong Hong, glad that you are doing fine now. Yeah, our favorite pumpkin rice too! Whenever I cooked this, I have to cook extra as we love it and it's also our one-pot meal. Yours looks so beautiful and ho jiak. Take care and regards:)

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    1. Hi Ivy! Yes, this rice is super delicious. I ate a lot hah..hah...

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  10. With pumpkin, one can do lots with it... my mom likes to boil pumpkin soup with big onions, tomatoes... just like ABC soup...can make sweet and savoury... I like pumpkin but haven't tried fried rice with it before.. Must be very nice too.. it has lots of nutrients I heard... can make claypot rice with it too... yummss!

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    1. Hi Claire! I love pumpkins a lot! Yeah, it is a very versatile vege, can do lots with it and all are yummy!

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  11. I am happy to hear that you have recovered and stormed the kitchen again! Yes, you need to eat well and a lot now to replenish your body to robust health once again.
    I love anything pumpkin and your special Pumpkin Rice looks exciting. I will love this!
    Can we be neighbours?

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    1. Hi TM! Glad to know that you are also a pumpkin fan. If we are neighbors, your Mrs and I will be exchanging goodies over the fence!

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  12. Hi Phong Hong, glad to have this fragrance pumpkin rice ... share share 1 small bowl pls ... hee hee !

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    1. Hi Karen! Yes, I must share share with you. Share the calories too hee..hee...

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  13. Hi phong hong, glad to know that u r back in action w yr cooking. Yr pumpkin rice looks delicious...makes me drool already...have a great long weekend !!

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    1. Hi Madeline! Thank you for the compliments :) You have a great long weekend too!

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  14. Hi Phong Hong, your pumpkin rice looks so good but it brings bad some sad memories. I have never cooked pumpkin rice since 5 years ago. I remembered I cooked this rice for the first time and that was on day my FIL passed away. Nobody in the family enjoyed the rice. It was tasteless to us. I was thinking of cooking it again but never has the courage to do so.

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    1. Oh dear, Kimmy! That is so sad. Yes, I can understand that pumpkin rice reminds you of a sad day. There are other dishes that you can always do with pumpkin that is delicious and will bring you happy thoughts and memories.

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  15. This one pot rice sounds so easy and simple while you are still recuperating. Rest well.

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    1. Thank you, Mel! The rice comforted me a lot :)

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  16. Everything cook with pumpkin, I like. I love pumpkin to max. Your pumpkin rice looks so delicious to me.

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    1. Thank you, Yannie! Glad to know that you are also a pumpkin lover :)

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  17. this is the time of the year when pumpkin dishes are really obligatory!

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    1. Oh yes, Ola! Halloween hah..hah...

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  18. From hospital food to this... it is like from hell to heaven :D

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    1. You said it RG! I was on cloud 9 eating this pumpkin rice :D

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  19. You are not well so of course forget about limiting your food intake. This pumpkin rice really is delicious. I am wondering where you get the strength to cook this when you are still not fully well yet. You are an amazing woman. Please take more rest!

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    1. Hi Mun! I had to eat and so I had to cook hah..hah... Yes, it took a lot of effort because I was really tired and weak. But this being an easy dish, it wasn't too bad.

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  20. Glad to see you back to cooking! Hope you are getting better now. I also love pumpkin rice and always ordered whenever I had soup in the food courts.

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    1. Hi Chris! I am getting better, thank you!

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  21. Pjong Hong sorry to hear that you were admitted to Hospital due to dengue! Hope you are well and healthy right now. Love your pumpkin rice, thinking of the yummy sweet taste from the rice I think I better dump some pumpkin into my rice tonight!

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    1. Hi Tze! I am getting better, thank you! Yes, dump some pumpkins into your rice. They are delicious :)

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  22. Hi Phong Hong, missing in action for week and u r super fast to come back with full action! haha..... Bravo! PH boleh!

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    1. Hi Christine! Mau makan, mesti sendiri masak hah..hah..

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  23. oww, looks delicious!!!
    i only know pumpkin risotto before, this version is totally must try!

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    1. Hi dentist! I am sorry I don't like risotto. But pumpkin rice or any kind of Asian rice dishes, I love a lot!

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  24. Hi Phong Hong,

    Delicious pumpkin rice! Must be very fragrant with lap cheong, dried shrimp and mushroom. Very nostalgic combination!

    Good that you are feeding yourself well for a speedier recovery :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! This pumpkin rice is really fragrant and appetizing. I am thinking of cooking it again!

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  25. Well, *burrrp* to you too! :)
    Nice to see you up and cooking. Go carbs! You need all the energy you can get!
    Hey, this dish is a great idea. A fantastic tweak from the claypot type dishes. I love tweaks and I love pumpkins ...I am so gonna make this! Let's hope it turns out as good.

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    1. Hi Ping! You must make this pumpkin rice. I am twitching to cook it again. Shall I? I shall!

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  26. Hi PH, how are you feeling now? Hope you are much much better by now. And your rice looks so delicious, making me drooling :D

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    1. Hi Jess! I am feeling way better now, thank you!

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  27. Hi Phong Hong, so glad to see you are back home and eating PROPER food again!! Take care of yourself!!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I actually missed my own cooking hah..hah...

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  28. Yum!! This is so fall! I love it!

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    1. Cathleen, it is so Halloween too :D

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  29. Hello there!

    I used to dislike pumpkin, but since I made pumpkin puree for Aden, I started to like it!

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    1. Hi Hayley! So baby food taste good huh? hee..hee..

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  30. Your version of Pumpkin Rice, is genius, and sooo exquisite! Love it so much! Thanks for sharing, Phong Hong!

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth! I only wish that you could taste it :)

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