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Papaya and Apples in Pork Broth

Submitted by on August 8, 2009 – 8:33 pm2 Comments | 10,939 views

Soup Name: Papaya and Apples in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 木瓜蘋果湯 (mù gua píng guǒ tāng)


This neutral and naturally sweet soup is ideal for children.  In this version, I’ve created it to help relieve cough with the addition of apricot kernals.  It’s easy to make and relatively non-oily because of the pork shank.  An excellent source of Vitamin C.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
1 large unripe papaya (ripe is also suitable)
4 medium-sized fuji apples
20-30 apricot kernals
2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it?

  1. Pre-marinate the pork overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Rinse apricot kernals in warm water
  5. Peel, wash and chop your papaya and apples (although I leave the skin on for the apples)
  6. Once water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for 30 minutes.   Reduce to simmering for 2 hours (or use internal pot).
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Neutral soup that is ideal for children and toddlers
  • An excellent source of Vitamins A, C and beta-carotene
  • Very hearty if eating the soup contents
  • Helps relieve cough due to the addition of apricot kernals
  • Low in fat

Any precautions?

  • None – enjoy!
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  • babyD says:


    This is very minor, but does it matter if I leave the seeds in for the apples too?


  • LadyTong says:

    Dear babyD, yah, leaving seeds is perfectly OK! The only risk is that they may end up coming loose and into the soup and someone eats it, but no big deal! Hope this helps and thanks for your support! Lisa

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