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thai pumpkin?

mr mouther Sep 26, 2006 06:13 PM

had some more fantastic food from nadpob in silver lake last nite: the rambo spicy curry with pumpkin and squid knocked my socks off. The thing is I'm trying to figure out what those things that I think they are acalling pumpkin are in that dish. They are very soft, dark green skin, don't fall apart in hot liquids, and have texture of pure melt when you put them in your mouth.

I've had them at renu nakorn and other places and have asked what they are and get different answers. is it pumpkin? thai eggplant?

also, there were some key lime sized things, cut to reveal a plethor seeds inside that were also in this soup. anyone know what those were?

(i can't recommend nadpob enough by the way - every dish I've had there (12 diff. ones in 3 visits) has been outstanding)

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: mr mouther Sep 26, 2006 06:28 PM

    Well, Thai pumpkin usually refers to a kabocha squash; but if it's very soft, dark green skin that you eat, they don't fall apart and they're kind of 'tigerstriped', you're eating Thai eggplants, which are about the size of medium eggs.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      mr mouther RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 26, 2006 09:27 PM

      everything you say is correct, except no stripes - solid green. and the flesh was orange/ yellowy, not really thai eggplant color right?

      (I bought some thai aggplant after being blown away by this thing before and it didn't do anything near what it did in the dish. of course, i'm only a so-so cook and kitchen improviser, but all the variations i tried made me think that that was not eggplant.)

      1. re: mr mouther
        Das Ubergeek RE: mr mouther Sep 26, 2006 11:23 PM

        Wow. It sure sounds like kabocha squash, but I've never eaten the green bit.

        Was it this stuff?


        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          mr mouther RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 27, 2006 05:06 PM

          Yes that was the color of the interior for sure, and much closer to the outside color of the skin as well.

          The dish was listed as having pumpkin it it after all, so I'd be surprised if it was eggplant

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      jackt RE: mr mouther Sep 26, 2006 07:12 PM

      on a related humorous aside, the thai name for thai pumpkin is "f*** tong". no joke! :)

      1. Curt the Soi Hound RE: mr mouther Sep 27, 2006 12:17 AM

        Thai eggplant is a common ingredient in many curries.
        They look exactly like this, without the stems:


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        1. re: Curt the Soi Hound
          ladelfa RE: Curt the Soi Hound Sep 28, 2006 10:13 PM

          Some are even smaller, roughly the size of a peanut M&M. And they're used almost like a seasoning (not as a featured vegetable), to lend a certain distinctive bitterness to the curry. You're not actually meant to eat them -- they're full of little nasty brown seeds.

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