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Sep 27, 2006 02:45 PM

Pumpkin San Diego

Inspired by a post on the Los Angeles Board by Ollie, I would like to hear about pumpkin foods, savory and sweet to be found in SD county.

Pumpkin Tamales maybe?

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  1. Chopahn, the Afghan place on 6th in the Gaslamp, has an awesome pumpkin dish.

    1. I'm not quite sure if you'll find this interesting, but Ba Ren has something on the menu called "Steamed Whole Squash with Meat". It used to be #129 on the menu.

      It's a Kabocha, first baked, then opened with all the "meat" hollowed out. The meat is cooked with pork, and placed back in the Kabocha. You'll need to call several hours in advance if you want to order it.

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      1. re: KirkK

        Wow! This sounds great! Have you tried it Kirk? How is the meat cooked with the pork? And is the meat ground? Fantastic/

        1. re: kare_raisu

          It's addictively good. Kirk called ahead and ordered it for a dinner several of us had there a few months ago. In fact, I would suggest that those going to the October 4th SDChow get together at Ba Ren seriously think about calling ahead to order this. You won't be disappointed.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            You took the words right out of my mouth. Other than the pork being perhaps a bit on the tough side, the flavors are very good. I also believe that the pork is coated with ground rice powder before cooking as well.

      2. The pumpkin soup at Izakaya Sakura is pretty good. I don't know if it is regularly available or is just a special sometimes.


        1. At Panchita's Panadería (at Broadway and C and on University around 35th), you'll find marvelous *empanadas de calabaza*--sweet pumpkin turnovers. They're addictive.

          Panchita's is the best panadería I've been to outside Mexico.

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          1. re: cristina

            Many Thanks for the Panaderia tip, Cristina. You are forcing me to check it out if it is the best outside of Mexico you have been to : ).

            It's weird because I have never ever had a sweet tooth, but for some reason I am helpless for the wonders produced by some of the Panaderias in my area.

            Do you know what state the owners are from or if they have atole and tamales on the weekend? Any other absolute must-trys?

            Calabaza is my favorite.

            1. re: kare_raisu

              Yes, they sometimes do have atole and tamales.

              I am very very partial to Panchita's capirotada (also called budín). Very. Heavy, greasy, and sweet, IMHO it's just perfect. It's been a while since I've been to San Diego, but Panchita's capirotada is high up there on my gotta-have-it list when I'm in town. I haven't found any capirotada as good as Panchita's even here in Guadalajara!

              1. re: cristina

                Is a capriotada similar to a bread pudding? Do you have any other reccomendations? I am really interested in Pan Dulce, but my spanish is pretty weak whenver I try to ask the bakers. This place sounds like an absolute match for

                btw, I had some tortas ahogadas from a truck called rivas torta ahogadas in santa ana....decadent!

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