Bi Xao Tom Kho (Pumpkin with Dried Shrimp)

Back in Viet Nam, mama used to make Bi Xao Tom Kho the day before I take the finals. She said the pumpkin helps make your brain wiser. I am not sure where that logic came from, but I always passed the exams and moved up the next grade. So thanks pumpkin and ma for the magic. It tastes fantastic once in a while.