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!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hours 40 mins
Serves: 6 bowls
100g raw peanuts
2 raw green papayas
1 pound of fresh pork shank
10 large dried dates
2 L of water
Start boiling your soup water in a large pot (thermal ideal)
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
Cut the papayas into large cubes
When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes (ensuring a constant boil)
Reduce heat to a low boil for another 1 hour (or place into thermal pot)
Serve and enjoy!
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
Putting fruit into Chinese soups adds a wonderful sweetness and texture. Papaya is commonly used in either fish or pork-based soups. This is a simple papaya pork soup that is quick and simple to make and great for children. My own kids love to eat the soft and warm papaya fruit directly from the soup so this has become a common, nutritious soup we can make quickly and know they will enjoy.
Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert (or sweet soup)
Traditional Chinese Name:
木瓜雪耳糖水 (mù gua xuě ěr táng shuǐ)
A traditional Chinese sweet soup (or sweet dessert) that is restores and cleans your body from impurities. It is said to be great for balancing skin tone and is moisturizing for the body. Extremely easy to make and is already naturally sweet from the Papayas.
Traditional Chinese Name: 木瓜栗子湯 (mù gua lì zi tāng)
Introduction: A simple and extremely sweet soup that is ideal for relieving symptoms of cough and sore throat. It also brings moisture to the body and is highly rich in Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Ideal for children and pregnant woman, it’s a family favourite.