Milkfish and Green Papaya Soup – 遮目鱼青木瓜汤

One of the many confinement food recipes, Milkfish and Green Papaya Soup Chinese-Style boosts the production of breast milk for mothers who are breastfeeding.

Milkfish also has a less “fishy” taste but still has the same nutrients compared to other fishes. The sweetness from green papayas and red dates, combined with the light fish broth makes a pleasant and hearty soup that you will go second rounds for.

Click to rate this recipe!

  • Servings: 2 - 3 pax

  • Time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 2 tbsp Cooking oil

  2. 2 whole Milkfish (Approx. 1.1kg)

  3. 4 Ginger slices

  4. 20g Red dates

  5. 6 Ginger slices

  6. 50g Peanuts

  7. 3.4 litres Hot water 

  8. 1kg Green papaya (cut into cubes)

  9. Salt to taste


  1. Wash and pat dry fish. Pan fry the fishes with 4 slices of ginger until golden brown, Transfer fishes into a muslin bag. Discard the ginger slices.

  2. In a pot, add in the soup bag of fish, red dates, 6 slices of ginger and peanuts.

  3. Add in hot water and boil over high heat until the soup is milky. It will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Add in papaya and boil over medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how soft you like your papaya slices to be.

  5. Add in salt to taste.

  • Share:

You might be interested in: