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.

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  • Servings: 2 - 3 pax

  • Time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Skill: Easy

Ingredients:

  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

Steps:

  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.