Slices of fish and green papaya are concocted into soup is suitable for regular daily consumption too or to help with breast milk production as part of mother’s post-partum diet
Fish and green papaya soup is one of the important recipes during confinement (at least to my mom and I believe many others too). The green papaya helps in the production of breast milk, which is a big plus for me since I’m breastfeeding. I’m feeding the baby every 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Seriously on the clock! So that does qualify me to be “COW OF THE YEAR”, doesn’t it? This fish with green papaya soup is one of the confinement dishes my mom makes pretty often.
Update: I breastfed both of my babies, first baby for 14 months and second baby for 25 months without supplementation of baby formula of any kind. In Asian culture, especially where I grew up, breastfeeding is not supported and people from my mom’s generation often think that breastfeeding alone is not enough to nourish the baby. Well, honey, my girl was born at 6 lbs 12 oz and she doubled her birth weight in less than 3 months and only one case of ear infection in 14 months of her life so far. While green papaya soup might help in some way, I didn’t consume this after confinement period and my supply is keeping up with my baby’s demand.
The most important rule to breastfeeding is the good ‘ol demand and supply. The less you breastfeed or pump, the less your supply will be. Simple as that. I hate pumping and thank goodness my baby didn’t want to take a bottle of anykind. So, I breastfed her directly for the full 14 months and I think that’s how I survived breastfeeding for that long (not having to wash pumping parts and milk bottles and nipples lol). But again, I know some moms have to pump because of work and I really salute moms who pump full-time! gosh!!! lots of work!
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*Recipe is written for 6-quart Instant Pot. Cooking time should remain the same for 8-quart size but will take longer to pressurize. For mini duo (3-quart), I recommend to half the recipe and use the same amount of time to cook*
Please weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.
- 6 Cups water
- 200 gr white fish of your choice - Kurau/grouper, seabass, cod, sole is suitable for this - cut into large pieces to prevent breaking while cooking
- 4-5 slices fresh ginger
- 5-6 red dates
- 1 small green papaya - peeled, seeded, and cut into medium chunks
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- Salt to taste
- Sesame oil
Cooking with instant pot:
- Place all the ingredient in instant pot insert, except for goji berries and salt. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes and then do quick release by carefully turning the steam handle to venting. Remove the lid. Add in goji berries into the hot soup. Close the lid back and let it sit for 5 minutes. Uncover the lid. The goji berries should plump up. Season with salt to your taste. Add few drops of sesame oil and serve immediately
Cooking on stove-top:
- Bring the water to a boil. Add all the ingredients and bring the water back to boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer gently for 30 minutes. Don't stir the soup too much so the fish will not break into pieces. Remove from heat. Add goji berries and let them sit for 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste and add few drops of sesame oil and serve immediately