Soy-Glazed Pumpkin with Sesame

Soy-Glazed Pumpkin with Sesame - Japan  | A Little Yumminess

Here’s the second recipe from our Japanese curry bento: salty-sweet-sticky glazed pumpkin with toasted sesame seeds. This is a super comforting side dish and a total snap to make, requiring only 3 ingredients in addition to the pumpkin itself. It’s quick braised in the glaze on the stove top which I think is a total genius move since I’m used to thinking that anytime I cook fresh pumpkin, I’m going to need to turn on the oven….. and wait.

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World Bento Tour: Japanese Curry and Soy-Glazed Pumpkin

After our sheer glee at our inaugural Scandinavian bento, with it’s meatballs and dreamy, creamy dill potatoes (Simran’s still talking about them!), we decided our next stop on our world bento tour should be Japan and a more traditional take. To me this is comfort food at its finest: a home-style chicken curry; sweet-salty-sticky soy-glazed pumpkin; a few crisp vegetables; sweet, juicy citrus; and a meltingly soft piece of pineapple mochi for dessert. It’s a like a big fat hug in bento form.

We’ll be sharing the recipes for the curry and the pumpkin very soon, so stay tuned, but in the meantime, we’d love your suggestions about where to go next. Argentina? Thailand? Italy? The possibilities are endless.

Pineapple Mochi