Indonesian minced pork with caramelised pumpkin and cucumber soup
Author: Yves MeersmanPublished: 2 February 2017
Prep: 15 minsCook: 25 minsServes: 4
This Asian-inspired dish combines soft minced pork and honey-caramelised pumpkin, served with a cooling cucumber soup. The recipe can be adapted for people with chewing or swallowing problems – without losing the intense flavours
Stewed pumpkin with egg
240g brown wholegrain rice
400g pork mince
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey or agave syrup
100ml olive oil
4 cloves garlic
fresh ginger (a small piece)
2 cucumbers (large)
1l chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper
fresh coriander or parsley
1. Peel the cucumbers and cut into chunks. Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and dice.
2. Peel the onion and cut into slices.
3. Peel the ginger and cut into medium-sized chunks.
4. Mix the garlic and the ginger into the olive oil – this mixture will form the base of the stew.
5. Boil the rice and leave to drain.
Method – cucumber soup
1. Fry the onion in a medium-sized saucepan in two tablespoons of the olive oil mixture.
2. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
3. Add the cucumber and mix well.
4. Season with salt and pepper.
Method – stewed pumpkin with egg
1. Soft boil the eggs.
2. Fry the pumpkin cubes and the pork mince in a pan in two tablespoons of the olive oil mixture.
3. Add the honey and gently caramelise.
4. Add the soy sauce and stew until cooked.
Variation and serving tip
Option 1: use chicken or minced beef and fry with the pumpkin. You could also leave out the meat and use an extra egg.
Option 2: serve the rice with the pumpkin mix and a boiled egg together in a cup of hot cucumber soup, garnish the soup with parsley or coriander.
Option 2: serve the soup and the pumpkin separately; you can mix the coriander or parsley with a dash of oil as a garnish.
Chewing and swallowing
Level 6: scramble the eggs instead of boiling. Boil the cooked rice in the cucumber soup for five minutes.
Level 5: mash the trimmings
Level 4: mix the soup and the trimmings separately
Level 3: mix and sieve the soup and the trimmings separately
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