One of my favourite vegetables is this – kalabasa in Filipino, la poeu in Khmer, or simply winter squash. Growing up back in the Philippines, my siblings and I were served a lot of this as it is very rich in beta carotene that is important for vision and a good amount of Vitamin. They are cooked in many ways but I especially love it when cooked in coconut milk, or Indian-spiced curry, and is definitely one of my comfort foods.
A squash looks misshapen and have a tough skin on the outside but it has a rich, yellow-orangeish flesh in the inside. It’s available all year round here in Cambodia and they’re really cheap. Whenever I feel homesick, I turn to this vegetable and whip up something familiar that comforts me, just like a music friend that keeps me company whenever I feel the blues.