Soup Name:  Papaya Fish Soup
Traditional Chinese Name:  木瓜魚湯 (mù gua yú tāng)
This neutral soup is extremely rich in carotenes, antioxidants and vitamin C.  It is the soup to make for women who are going through confinement and is said to aid in production of milk for breastfeeding women.  The soup itself is very sweet and high nutritious.  It is also ideal for babies and children.

What Ingredients are required?

4 medium-sized golden threadfin bream (or any other appropriate substitute)
1 large papaya (use green papaya if used for increasing milk in breastfeeding)
5-6 pieces of dried scallop
3 large dried dates
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 L of water

1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the fish)
1 teaspoon of oil (to fry the fish)

How do I prepare it?

  1. After the fish is cleaned, wipe the fish with paper towels or a cloth to remove excess water
  2. Cover the fish with a small amount of salt (inside and out)
  3. Let it sit for an hour and then drain any water
  4. Peel and cut the papaya into large edible cubes
  5. Start boiling your soup water
  6. In a pan, add oil and fry the ginger with the fish on low-medium heat (until the fish is completely cooked and the skin is a slightly browned)
  7. Put the fish into a soup bag and add to water
  8. Add papaya and ginger
  9. Boil for at least an hour

 Any benefits?

  • This soup is rich vitamin C, carotenes and antioxidants
  • It is said to aid in milk production for breastfeeding women (use green papayas in this case)

Any precautions?

  • Caution must be taken when making fish soup as the fish will disintegrate.  This is why it’s important to use a soup bag to put the fish in to keep all the contents contained.  This is particularly important when serving the soup to babies or children.