Lao Pumpkin Coconut Custard - Smooth and creamy, this is one savoury sweet dessert that's perfect for parties and foodsharing. Vegetarian. |

Pumpkin Coconut Custard

Hailing from the mysterious countryside of Laos, Pumpkin Coconut Custard is pure sweet comfort food, Asian style. Soft, moist pumpkin is filled with creamy coconut custard then baked into sweet dessert deliciousness.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Lao
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 1895kcal
Author Wandercooks
Cost $5



  • 1 small japanese pumpkin aka kabocha (or similar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 270 ml coconut cream just over 1 cup
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  • Preheat your oven to 150˚C (300˚F).
  • Slice a circle into the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds, then pop the hollow pumpkin in a baking dish and set aside.
  • Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, vanilla essence and salt. Whisk until evenly mixed, then pour in the coconut cream and whisk again.
  • Pour the creamy custard mixture into your pumpkin. Add a little hot water into your baking dish (aim for a couple of centimetres / 1 inch if you can). This will help steam the pumpkin as it bakes.
  • Now pop it in your oven and pop the kettle on for a cup of tea. You've got an hour and a half to wait until the pumpkin and custard are cooked. Check the custard occasionally by poking in a clean knife. Once it comes out clean, your custard is set!
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool down to room temperature before slicing and serving.


You can use any small round pumpkin - aim for one that's not too big, yet deep enough to hold a decent amount of coconut custard.
Cool down your piping hot pumpkin a bit quicker by popping it in the fridge. Your pumpkin coconut custard will slice much more neatly once it's nice and cool. ;)


Calories: 1895kcal | Carbohydrates: 208g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 112g | Saturated Fat: 89g | Cholesterol: 655mg | Sodium: 1445mg | Potassium: 5744mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 139g | Vitamin A: 116727IU | Vitamin C: 130mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 20mg