Chinese Sweet Soup with Papaya Recipe
There are many Chinese soup recipes which are sweet, some which are sour and some which combine the two elements. This Chinese sweet soup with papaya recipe is northern Chinese in flavor and is very aromatic and unusual. This Chinese sweet soup recipe contains spare ribs, vegetables, and also almonds and ginger for an extremely tasty treat.
Bitter almonds are available from Chinese supermarkets and you can use regular almonds if you can’t find Chinese sweet ones. This is a very simple recipe to make but it does need to cook for several hours so make sure you start it in plenty of time. Serve this as an exciting appetizer if you are serving a main dish of perhaps chicken or duck in some kind of Asian style, or else serve larger portions and have it as the entrée. It is certainly hearty enough with those tasty ribs in there.
The partially cooked ribs go into the pot with the papaya, vegetables, water, almonds, and ginger, and then the soup has to cook for 3 hours. Without this extended cooking it would not be nearly as flavorful because the ingredients would not have yielded their full flavors, so do not be tempted to skimp on the cooking time if you want the very best results. This is perhaps not the usual Chinese soup you tend to order from the takeout place or have in your local Chinese restaurant, but step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, because the flavor of this one will really surprise you, and hopefully delight you as well. The ingredients are not hard to get but combining them to make a soup is certainly an unusual thing to do, at least outside of China.
- 1⅓ lbs spare ribs
- 1⅓ lbs papaya
- 8 mushrooms
- ½ sliced carrot
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet almonds
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped bitter almonds
- 2¼ quarts (9 cups) water
- 2 slices ginger
- Soy sauce or salt, to taste
- Wash and halve the papaya.
- Remove the core and seeds and cut into thick strips.
- Wash and parboil the spare ribs for 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse.
- Add the water to the pot.
- Add the papaya, spare ribs, whole mushrooms, carrot, both types of almonds and ginger.
- Bring to the boil and cook over a low heat for 3 hours.
- Season with soy salt or salt to taste, and serve hot.
This is quite a simple soup because there are not many ingredients in it, and that means you will be able to add all the flavors in there, from the juicy, meaty spare ribs to the unusual papaya and almond flavors, the vegetables, and aromatic ginger. The secret to making a great spare rib soup is a long cooking time. If you usually cook your ribs in the oven or on the grill, try boiling them for a few minutes then finish them in the soup until the meat is pretty much falling off the bones, and the ginger, papaya and other ingredients have blended their magical flavors.
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