When I was a kid, the only type of pumpkin (Dla’at in Hebrew, not as fun to say as pumpkin or pumpking as Alex used to call them when he was a toddler) we had in the not-so-holy-land was those big Halloween-decoration pumpkins. We also didn’t have winter squashes, which I find more dense and flavorful than pumpkins. I roast the squash before I add it to the soup because the dry heat caramelizes and makes it more delicious. If for some reason you can’t roast it, dice and add it to the pot with the rest of the veggies, It would still be good.
Fish sauce alternatives: so I googled plant-based fish sauce – so oxymoron – and discovered Fysh, a fish sauce made from algae so I ordered a bottle. Algae I’m counting on you. Until the next soup xxx