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Green papaya soup is a healthy and tasty soup that is popular in many Asian countries. It’s easy to make, refreshing, and nutritious. You can serve it as an appetizer or a main dish, either way, it’s a delicious dish that will impress your guests and family members.

Is green papaya the same as papaya?

Green papaya is actually unripe papayas. The nutritional value of green papaya depends on its ripeness. Unripe papayas are higher in vitamin C than ripe ones because they contain more antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. It has a mild flavor, but it’s not as sweet as its yellow counterpart and therefore more suitable to be used as an ingredient such as green papaya soup.

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CHINESE VERSION: 青木瓜排骨汤

green papaya soup
 

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Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 650 g green papaya (1 medium-sized)
  • 400 g pork ribs
  • 10 g wolfberries
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt (to taste)

Instructions:

1 Blanche pork ribs with hot water.

 

2 Rinse the pork ribs with water.

3 Soak wolfberries with cold water and set aside.

 

4 Rinse green papaya and peel the skin off.

5 Remove the seeds with a spoon

6 Cut the papaya into 1-inch thick cubes

7 Add the papayas into the pot and when it boils, simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. Add wolfberries 15 minutes before serving.

8 Add salt to taste before serving.

9 A delicious green papaya soup with pork ribs is done. Serve hot.


FAQs for Papaya Soup

What is papaya soup?

Papaya soup is a flavorful and nutritious soup made with either green (unripe) or ripe papaya, depending on the recipe. It is popular in many Asian countries and can be served as an appetizer or main dish. The soup often includes other ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and herbs to enhance its taste.

Is papaya soup healthy?

Yes, papaya soup is healthy as it contains many essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Papaya is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and enzymes like papain, which aids digestion. The soup is also low in calories and fat, making it a nutritious and delicious choice for a balanced diet.

Can I make papaya soup with ripe papaya?

While most recipes call for green (unripe) papaya, you can also make papaya soup with ripe papaya. Ripe papaya has a sweeter flavor, so it will lend a different taste to the soup. You may need to adjust the seasoning and other ingredients accordingly to balance the sweetness.

How do I store and reheat leftover papaya soup?

To store leftover papaya soup, let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate the soup for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, warm the soup in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.

Can I make papaya soup vegan or vegetarian?

Yes, you can make vegan or vegetarian papaya soup by substituting the meat with tofu, or a plant-based protein of your choice. Use vegetable broth instead of meat-based broth.

How do I choose the best green papaya for this soup recipe?

Look for one that is firm to the touch, heavy for its size, and has a bright green color without any blemishes or soft spots.

Is green papaya the same as ripe papaya?

No, green papaya is the unripe version of ripe papaya. It has a milder flavor and is not as sweet as its ripe counterpart, making it more suitable for use in savory dishes like green papaya soup.

Can I use chicken instead of pork ribs in the recipe?

Yes, you can substitute chicken for pork ribs in the green papaya soup recipe. Chicken breasts or thighs can be used, depending on your preference.

What are wolfberries?

Wolfberries, also known as goji berries, are a nutrient-dense fruit native to Asia. They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

How long does it take to cook the green papaya soup?

The green papaya soup takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to cook. The slow simmering process helps to extract the flavors from the ingredients and ensures that the papaya and meat become tender.

green papaya soup

Chinese Green Papaya Soup Recipe

Green papaya soup is a healthy and tasty soup that is popular in many Asian countries. It’s easy to make, refreshing, and nutritious. 

Rate

4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8 servings
Calories 132 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 650 g green papaya 1 medium-sized
  • 400 g pork ribs
  • 10 g wolfberries
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Blanche pork ribs with hot water.
  • Rinse the pork ribs with water.
  • Soak wolfberries with cold water and set aside.
  • Rinse green papaya and peel the skin off.
  • Remove the seeds with a spoon
  • Cut the papaya into 1-inch thick cubes
  • Add the papayas into the pot and when it boils, simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. Add wolfberries 15 minutes before serving.
  • Add salt to taste before serving.
  • A delicious green papaya soup with pork ribs is done. Serve hot.

Notes

This recipe yields 8 servings of green papaya soup.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 serving of green papaya soup. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 628mgPotassium: 233mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 772IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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