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Simmered Pumpkin & Minced Meat

Quick Simmered Pumpkin & Mince Recipe

When simmering the pumpkin, take care not to overcook them as the overcooked pumpkin flesh will become mushy and disintegrate easily when touched.

Check out the step-by-step photos on the previous page.


  • 300g pumpkin flesh cut to large chunks
  • 75g mince chicken or pork
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • half small onion sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli) deseeded & sliced thinly; to taste
  • 150ml water top up more if needed
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 dashes white pepper powder to taste
  • cornstarch slurry dissolve 1 tbsp cornstarch in 2 tbsp water

(A) Marinade

  • 3/4 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce can substitute with same amount of light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder


  1. Marinade minced meat in (A) for at least 15 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Cook onions. Heat oil in a wokpan. Add onions and cook on medium low heat until the onions start to soften.
  3. Add marinated mince meat, garlic and chilli. Stir fry quickly until the mince turns opaque.
  4. Simmer the pumpkin. Add pumpkin chunks, water, soy sauces and white pepper. Stir to coat the contents evenly.  Cover the pot with lid and simmer for about 6 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure the pumpkin is evenly coated. The pumpkin is done when it is soft but not mushy, and you can insert a fork into the pumpkin flesh with ease.
  5. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch slurry until desired consistency is reached (you do not need to use up all of the slurry). Garnish with chopped spring onions.
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3 comments on “Simmered Pumpkin & Minced Meat”

  1. Pumpkin is one of my favourite autumn veggies! Pairing with minced meat sounds and looks even better and so moreish too.
    I love it!

  2. Love pumpkin but just don’t like slicing it (when the skin is thick). So good for a dish like this – savory from the minced meat and sweet from pumpkin. Seriously I almost bought a pumpkin last week (Yes, almost. But in the end, I did not because …well, the thought of slicing it…). Ok, I shall buy it next shopping trip :p . I was thinking of just steaming it…simple simple ;p

  3. I do love pumpkin but haven’t made it with meat. That looks like a pretty wholesome and neat dish.

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