Papaya Soup with slow-cooked pig feet

Contributed by Khanh-Hoa Thi Nguyen

Photo: MPWong

Photo: MPWong


2 pounds green papaya

2 pig feet cut into 3-4 cm pieces

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

julienned spring onion

cilantro (optional)




1. Thoroughly wash the pig feet in cold water.

2. Cook for 1-2 hours in large pot filled with water.

3. Constantly remove the impurities floating on top of the water.

4. While waiting, wash the papaya and peel its skin.

5. Remove papaya seeds and cut papaya into small 2 cm pieces.

6. Once the pig feet become soft, add papaya pieces and cook until both are soft.

7. Turn off heat, add fish sauce, salt, black pepper, and sugar.  Sprinkle julienned spring onion and cilantro on top of serving.


Photo: MPWong

Photo: MPWong

Nutritionist’s comments

Contributor:  Jessie Lan

Nutritional value & potential benefits:

 This dish, uses very simple ingredients, boosts milk production and provides the mother with energy and various and micronutrients.

 1.     Ingredient – value & benefit (resource #).

a.     green papaya: rich source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium1, boosts immunity and milk production2

b.     pig feet: the bones in the pork knuckles provide high calcium, also collagen and calories to help retain energy 3

c.     fish sauce: made from anchovies, a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.4

Mindful modifications:

 1.     Take off skin or other fatty parts of the pig feet to avoid excess calories 

2.     Please consult doctor before eating this dish if you are allergic to latex, as papaya can potentially cause problems for people with latex allergies 5