Spicy Green Papaya Soup

Green papayas are simply the unripe versions of regular papayas and are popular here on the island, especially in Hilo with its great blend of Asian cultures. I bought 6 huge green papayas for $2 from a friendly female vendor at theĀ  Hilo farmer’s market. This soup was a worthwhile experiment. For the spicy green papaya soup, you will need:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  2. 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  3. 1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  4. 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  6. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  7. 2-3 cups green papayas, sliced thin
  8. 1 carrot, chopped

Directions:

Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add green onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for approximately 3 minutes. Add broth, coconut milk, papaya and carrot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Season with extra red pepper for extra heat. Ladle into two soup bowls and enjoy!

spicy green papaya soup