We traveled to the village of Ogimi, ground zero of world longevity, for this recipe. We got this recipe from 89-yr-old Yukiko Nakaimi who spent the afternoon cooking the most amazing Okinawan longevity foods for us. When I asked the secret to her vitality, I expected she’d talk about her purple potatoes or miso-braised squash. “Optimism,” she said wagging a finger at me. “I say yes to everything.”
Yield: 2 servings
Ready in 35 minutes
½ shima pumpkin (kabocha or butternut squash are good alternatives), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cups mushroom broth, vegetable broth, or dashi*
1 tsp soy sauce
*Kombu dashi is a Japanese stock traditionally made with kombu (kelp).