My mother and I share a particular love for simmered kabocha and aburage, which is fried tofu. My mom tells me that this is a simple country dish, but it suites me! I do not know the exact proportions for the seasoning, so I am citing the following recipe from The Legacy of the Japanese in Hawaii: Cuisine. The Japanese Cultural Center for Hawaii sponsored this cookbook in 1989. It might be out of print now, but I found it listed on amazon. I highly recommend it, as it compiles traditional recipes with easy explanations, and adds interesting historical facts as well.
Kabocha no Fukumeni
Simmered Kabocha, page 150
Cut kabocha in half and remove seeds. The skin is edible, but you can peel it off if you want. Cut kabocha into large pieces.
In a pot, boil 2 cups water with:
1.5 teaspoon Hondashi soup stock
6 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon sake, rice wine (optional, I didn't have any today.)
Add kabocha and aburage. Aburage, the fried tofu, soaks up the salty broth and complements the sweet kabocha.
Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until kabocha is cooked. You may need to stir the kabocha for even cooking. However vigorous stirring can break up the chunks. I recommend using a 2-handled pot to "toss" the kabocha around.
Best eaten with rice. Fresh hot rice!