Monday, October 8, 2012

Salmon Fish Head Papaya Soup

If you have never used green papaya or unripe papaya in soup, let me assured you that this is a very tasty and nutritious soup.  Some will think of it as a confinement dish for the mummy to boost her supply of breast milk.  I look at it as a beauty soup for ladies - snow fungus, almond kernels, papaya, fish collagen - health food for ladies.  I prepared it for my weekend family meal and everyone loves it!  Cost-wise, it is also very affordable - I spent less than S$6 to prepare this soup for 9 persons.

Salmon fish heads, unripe papaya, almond kernels, snow fungus, honey dates, ginger, red dates

To prepare:
Pan-fry the salmon fish head on both sides in a lightly-oiled wok till light brown.  Bring a pot of water (about 1.5 to 2 litres) to boil.  Add in all the ingredients, bring to boil and then simmer for at least 90 minutes.

Note: Pan-frying the salmon heads removes the fishy smell, keep the fish intact during long cooking and gives that lovely white stock.

Where to buy salmon fish head:
I noticed that Japanese supermarkets sell fresh salmon heads at very affordable price (cheaper than NTUC) and is very fresh.  I bought mine at Isetan Scotts for S$1.40 per fish head (w/o fins), so these salmon heads cost S$2.80.  The fins are sold separately.  For the fish soup, the valuable parts are the bones and the rich fatty tissues that will yield rich tasty soup.

Other dishes for the weekend dinner:

A traditional Cantonese vegetarian dish - braised vegetables with fermented red bean curd sauce (南乳焖斋).

Ingredients used:  Chinese long cabbage, carrot, mung bean noodles (粉丝), baby corns, Chinese dried mushrooms, Enoki mushrooms, button mushrooms, fresh wood ears, green peas, sweet bean sticks (甜竹), bean curd puffs.  

Red Cooked Chicken - this is one of my favorite Malay's dish.   Thanks to Wendy for sharing this yummy recipe.  

Ingredients for making red cooked chicken

Steamed egg - thinly sliced tofu, minced pork and century egg stacked up and pour in egg mixture.  Steam and top with pork floss and spring onion.  Simple and healthy dish.

To prepare:
Marinate minced pork with soy sauce, sesame oil etc.  Brush a thin layer of oil on the steamed plate (to avoid the egg from sticking on it).  Place thinly sliced tofu on the plate (one box of tofu).  Next spread a thin layer of marinated minced pork on the tofu.  Next sprinkle chopped preserved century egg on top.  Beat two eggs, add a little water (not too much as the tofu will release water during steaming) and a pinch of salt.  Steam over medium heat for about 8 minutes.  Sprinkle top with pork floss and spring onion.

My weekend family menu:


  1. Replies
    1. 周末宠一宠家人。 我煮得用心,一家人吃得开心 ;)

  2. WOW! I love all your cooked dishes, look so delicious :)
    BTW I always buy salmon fish head at a Japanese restaurant but next time I'll go to Isetan for the cheaper price.

    1. I usually buy from NTUC as it is more convenient. That day happened to pass by Isetan and I remembered that some time back, I also bought salmon heads from Jap supermarkets at very good price.

  3. wow... really delicious food on desk leh...

    still cook for 9 persons so so so many ppl a.. really capable.
    took u recipe for papaya soup hmmm salmon fish head is very attractive me leh.. the suop must super sweet ya.
    i often heard papaya soup but never do it yet lo.. hehe thks for sharing ya:)

    1. Hello Kym. Ha... I'm only hardworking over weekend. My weekday dishes are usually simple and easy. Yes, this soup is very sweet and everyone can drink it. Just have to be careful with bones.

  4. fong forgot to ask u almond kernels is 南杏&北杏a......

  5. Günaydın, Hepsi çok güzel olmuş ellerinize,emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve nefis görünüyorlar. Ayrıca çokda iştah açıcı.


  6. Hi Fong, again a good combination of dishes for weekend meal. What can I say, your family are really lucky to have you. Haven't tried soup with papaya and salmon head. Must try next time. I bought 3 salmon blocks at Tesco Store for RM6.50 only. Steamed them Thai Style, it was good too.. no fishy smell.


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