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Authentic Thai Recipe Ingredient: Pumpkin

Photo of Pumpkin and How it is Used in Authentic Thai Recipes.

Pumpkin

ฟักทอง (Fak Thong; Fuk Tong)
Fak Thong, the type of winter squash most often found in Thai cuisine, is used in curries, stir-fries, soups, salads and sweets. The rind is hard, has knobbly-looking skin, is shaped like a squat pumpkin, and has a dull-finished, deep green skin with some celadon-to-white stripes and an intense yellow-orange color on the inside. In many respects it is similar to the Buttercup squash.

It has an exceptional naturally sweet flavor, even sweeter than butternut squash. It is similar in texture and flavor to a pumpkin and a sweet potato combined. Some can taste like Russet potatoes. Like other squash-family members, it is commonly mixed in side dishes and soups or anywhere pumpkin, potato, or other squash would be.

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