Pork Ribs with Green Papaya Soup (青木瓜排骨汤)

Bowl of pork ribs with green papaya soup
Bowl of pork ribs with green papaya soup
Steaming bowl of pork ribs with green papaya soup. Yum!

Made this soup a few weeks back and it has now become one of my favourite lazy day soups.


Feeds 2 – 4

  • 1 Pork Bone (Leg) – halved
  • 2 medium size rib cut to 2″ – 3″ pieces (ask for the section of ribs with more meat)
  • 1 unripe (green) papaya (remove skin and slice into quarters)
  • 2L filtered water
  • Salt
  • Optional: Sliced cabbage


I use a “Thermal Insulated Cooking Pot” to make my soups as my stove is electric so I can’t boil the soup for many hours ($$$). So the method here is meant for that. I use an Empress Magic Cooker 5.5L.

For normal stove top cooking: Prep the ingredients the same way. Boil 2L of water, add all ingredients into the pot and let it boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and let it simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours (until meat is tender).

The night before (preparing the pork bone soup stock):

  1. Parboil pork bones to remove the blood. (I usually blanch with hot water then boil it for 5 mins to remove the blood.)
  2. Add 2 liters of filtered water into the large inner pot, add pork bones and bring to a boil
  3. Let it boil for 5 – 10 minutes then transfer into the thermal insulated cooking pot and leave it overnight (approx. 8 hours).

Note: The insulator pot keeps warm for about 8 hours max. Sometimes I boil it again just before heading to bed.


  1. Remove pot from insulator and bring to a boil again.
  2. While waiting for the soup stock to boil, blanch pork ribs to remove blood
  3. Remove skin & seeds from green papaya, slice and quarter
  4. Add blanched pork ribs and sliced green papaya into the pot
  5. Bring soup to a boil and let it continue boiling for 5 minutes
  6. Transfer pot to insulator and leave it for minimum 2 hours, max 8 hours. (at this point I usually leave for work)


  1. Remove pot from insulator and bring to a boil again
  2. Add salt to taste
  3. Soup is ready to be served

Note: I usually come home from work, take the pot out from the insulator, and bring it to a boil again while I cook rice and other side dishes. After letting it boil for 5-10 minutes, I put it back in the insulator until I’m ready to have dinner.

Note 2: The optional cabbage can be added in the evening if wanted while the soup is boiling. I usually add it in the next day because I always have left over soup and ribs.