Pumpkin Rice (南瓜饭)

Pumpkin Rice

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(updated on 9 Dec 07)

Another rice dish... I should be reducing carb intake in my diet but just could not resist this tasty rice. This is one of the mum's flavoured-rice dishes that I grown up with, along with yam rice, snake (long) bean rice, and so forth. We were poor then (still not rich now though) and mum cooked such rice regularly as it is relatively economy to feed a family of eight. I am eating it now... should I get another bowl? Something missing... soup!

I have modified mum's recipe a little and cooked with what I had on hand. You may use short grain (sushi) rice or the mixture of long grain rice(½) with glutinous rice(½) for different texture.

Ingredients (4 servings):
2 cup of rice, washed and drained
350g pumpkin, diced with peel on
200g diced hotdog (or minced meat)
3 dried shiitake mushroom, soaked and diced
2 tbsp dried shrimps, soaked and drained
2 bulb shallot, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1 tsp oyster sauce
1-2 tbsp cooking oil
2½ cups water (+½ cup for softer rice)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
½ cup chopped coriander for garnish

  1. Heat oil in non-stick pan, fry shallot and garlic until lightly brown. Remove shallot and garlic, reserve the oil in the pan.
  2. Use the same pan, saute pumpkin until the surface is lightly brown or caramelised. Remove pumpkin from pan.
  3. Add mushroom, dried shrimp and hotdog in the pan. Stir fry until lightly brown, then stir in rice. Cook for further 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in water, oyster sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  5. Transfer rice into rice cooker and continue the cooking process. When the rice is almost done, gently stir in the pumpkin. Continue to cook until the rice is done, let rice stay in the rice cooker for further 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in fried shallot and garlic, garnish with chopped coriander. Serve warm, ideally with a bowl of hot soup.

Some useful tips:

  • If cooking yam rice, add in the yam in step 4 above.
  • If cooking snake (long) bean rice, skip step 2 and add chopped beans (1.5cm) in step 4 above.
  • You may add in pinch of five-spices powder and small amount of dark soy sauce for these two types of rice, if desired.


  1. Sky...i ada sudu sama bunga mcm bowl yg u isi nasi tu...sama pattern bunga..tapi belum guna lagi, i beli 3 biji....cantik laa mangkuk tu!!..nasi pun sedap!!

  2. tak beli mangkuk sekali ke? i ada sauce plate yg sama pattern, tapi sudu takde... tak jumpa.
    Pernah ke mat masak nasi labu?

  3. Tak jumpa mangkuk dia...tak try lagi masak nasi dgn labu..nanti kalau ada masa mesti cuba punyaa!!!!!

  4. I tot this dish will be sweet but it turns out very nice just like lor mai fun.

  5. I tried to day, it's turns out very nice.tq My Kitchen


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