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Pumpkin in Coconut Milk

Pumpkin in Coconut Milk  or Thai called Fuk Tong Gang Buad
In Thailand, pumpkins are available year round.   This will make a nice warm dessert in the fall.
Many Thai desserts involve cooking rice, sticky rice or flour in sugar and coconut milk. However, pumpkin in coconut milk belongs to a class of dessert called 'gang buad', which refers to cooking vegetables, legumes or fruits in coconut milk with sugar.

  • 1  cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt      
  • 2  cups pumpkin
  • 1/3  cup palm sugar         
  • 1/2  cup coconut milk  
  1. Skin the pumpkin, remove the seeds and julienne into pieces of 2" x ½" x ½".
  2. Add water and coconut milk to a pot and heat over low heat. Add salt. I would recommend adding half of the sugar and tasting before adding more. If you find it to be too sweet, add more water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the pumpkin. Let it boil and let the pumpkin cook. Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
  3. The key to this dish is using thin coconut milk. The top layer of coconut milk or cream will curdle when boiled. If your coconut milk is creamy, dilute it with water.
Tips: I recommend using acorn squash, moschata squash or any other yellow meat squash or cooking pumpkin.

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Jan said…
Now I bet that tastes lovely! Certainly looks nice.
Tastes of Home said…
hey tan, I've never tried this before but it looks great and sounds delish!! this reminds me of bubur caca (where sweet potatoes are cooked and coconut milk is added with sugar)
Mr. Rush said…
Where do you come up with such lovely treats? Lady, you are the best!
Beachlover said…
wow!! you loaded with nice pumpkin recipe! lovely!
Sweetiepie said…
Hi,Tan Thanks for your message.I was away for holiday.:)Your pumpkin dessert looks so delicious.Anything goes with coconut is sure our family favourite.How long does it takes to cook the pumpkin?
Tan.wiratchada said…
Hi Jan,
Thank you for your nice comment. ;)

Hi Tastes,
We are also make it with sweet potatoes but 2 differnt way.
Once the same pumpkin cut or slices, taste are the same also.
Depend on Pumpkin and Sweet potatoes. And another way for sweet potatoes is called "Sweet potatoes in syrup and just fresh coconut milk on top. I'll turn it soon;)

Hi Gerald,
Thank you for your sweet comment.
Please wait for your my reply I'll do it soon. Too busy here with my Malaysia trips;P

Hi! Demetrio's,
Thank you for stopping by. Glad to know that you want to try. Great!! let's try.;P

Hi Beachlover,
Thank you a stopping by with sweet comment.;)

Hi Sweetie,
Cooking time is depend what you like. Such as if you like crispy sweet just check pumpkin is well done bring it down from stove. But if you like more solf 15 min are ok. Not too long more then this. This pumpkin will change to a pumpkin soup. And really in a good look or even taste. ;)
Anyways welcome back from holiday. Hope you had a nice time there.

Best All,
Mmmmm this looks good. I used to date a Thai girl who's dad made the most amazing coconut milk custard steamed inside a pumpkin.
Hi Tan, there is a Vietnamese vegeterian dish called "kiem" that has similar ingredients(pumpkin, slices of fried tofu, woodears, peanuts, young coconut shreds, vermicelli) it tastes a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. Your pumpkin and coconut looks delicious. I love most things coconut-y :-)

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