This is another of those recipes that sat in the queue too long because I didn't like the photos so I never blogged it. Or maybe it was more because there was no story attached, until now. I last made this soup almost exactly a year ago. Then upon review, the original photos weren't as horrible as I remembered, but these are much better. I just like how the color of the papaya pops out at me.
Along with the Ga Kho Gung (Vietnamese Braised Chicken with Ginger) I made for my brother and his wife, I also made Canh Du Du (Vietnamese Papaya Soup). Vietnamese believe that ripe papaya helps with lactation if you're breastfeeding. Evidently it's not just Vietnamese superstition since my sister-in-law's mother has been bringing over lots of papaya too. Whether there's any truth to this superstition has been much debated. Nonetheless, an extra boost of beta carotene and vitamin A is always a good thing whether you're lactating or not.
You'll want to use a ripe papaya for this. For that beta carotene and vitamin A, you see. Save the green papaya for Goi Du Du Kho Bo (Vietnamese Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky). I splurged (Actually, momma told me to.) and used pork spare ribs because they produce a sweeter broth. You don't need much, just a pound will do. It won't even be much meat since the weight is all in the bones.
Canh Du Du (Vietnamese Papaya Soup)
For a 3-quart pot, you'll need:
1 lb pork spare ribs, cut into sections
3 cups papaya, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 tsp salt
1 tblsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce), or more according to taste
Cut the pork spare ribs into sections and make Canh (Vietnamese Soup Broth).
When the water boils, add the pork, turn the heat down to medium, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Skim the scum until the broth is clear. Flavor with salt and fish sauce until it's to your liking.
Add the papaya and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
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Similar light Vietnamese soups:
Canh Bap Cai Bac Thao (Vietnamese Napa Cabbage Soup)
Canh Bap Cai Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Stuffed Cabbage Soup)
Canh Bi Voi Tom (Winter Melon Soup with Shrimp)
Canh Bi/Bau Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Pork-Stuffed Winter Melon Soup)
Canh Chua Ca (Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup)
Canh Chua Tom (Vietnamese Sour Shrimp Soup)
Canh Cu Sen (Vietnamese Lotus Root Soup)
Canh O/Kho Qua Nhoi Thit (Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup)
Canh Rau Cuu Ky (Vietnamese (Chinese) Boxthorn Soup)
Canh Tao/Rong Bien (Vietnamese Seaweed Soup)
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