Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

by | Nov 15, 2014 | Fall Soups, Soups for Children | 2 comments

Soup Name:

Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:

木瓜花生豬骨湯 (mù gua huā shēng zhū gǔ tāng)

This soup is slightly warming in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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My mother-in-law made this soup one day and it was so simply brilliant, that I tried it myself. I am a fan of boiled peanuts and papaya is a neutrally healthy fruit to add to soups. You can use either unripe red papayas or green papayas. The red papayas are definitely sweeter, but you need to use the unripe ones so they don’t disintegrate too badly in the soup. The green papayas aren’t as sweet, but have a lingering sweet taste that’s quite delicious in itself. I loaded in the peanuts and eat them as a meal – yum!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total time: 1 hours 40 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients
  • 100g raw peanuts
  • 2 raw green papayas
  • 1 pound of fresh pork shank
  • 10 large dried dates
  • 2 L of water
Cooking Instructions
  1. Start boiling your soup water in a large pot (thermal ideal)
  2. In a smaller pot, bring enough water to cover the pork shank to a boil and blanch the pork for 5 minutes in the boiling water, remove when done
  3. Cut the papayas into large cubes
  4. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  5. Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes (ensuring a constant boil)
  6. Reduce heat to a low boil for another 1 hour (or place into thermal pot)
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is perfect for the whole family and can be made with readily available ingredients
  • You can substitute peanuts for walnuts or chestnuts, both adding a nutty, earthy and crunchy texture to the soup
  • Green papaya won’t disintegrate as easily as red papaya and is packed full of vitamins A, C, E and fiber
  • Green papayas are also amazing for strengthening the spleen and lungs

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