Those ugly Thai pumpkins


Thai pumpkins and assorted vegetables

Here’s a shot a small vegetable stand in a market around here.  There’s a variety of vegetables including winter melons, mushrooms, cabbage, and, most notably, pumpkins.  Thai pumpkins, called fak tawng [ฟักทอง], are used in a lot of dishes ranging from main entrees to desserts.  They remind me a lot of acorn or butternut squash in America. I love American pumpkins but unfortunately, while they look much nicer, they seem to be way underutilized.  Not too many common dishes beyond pumpkin pie and perhaps a few other desserts.  This is a clear case where one needs to avoid judging a book by its cover since the ugly Thai pumpkin turns out to be the tastier of the two.

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