Green Papaya and Snow Ear Soup (木瓜雪耳湯)

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  • 2lb pork back ribs (Just for my own reference, it was $2.49/lb)
  • 1/2 green papaya (or 1lb), chopped into large pieces
  • 1-2 dried snow ear, soaked 15min (the better the quality, the longer, even up to 30min)
  • Handful of apricot kernels
  • 2 small dried red dates
  • Salt, to taste


  • Bring a big pot of water to a boil (enough to cover the ribs). Blanch the pork back ribs for 3min then rinse.
  • Rinse the snow ear, apricot kernels, and dried dates.
  • Add everything into the pressure cooker and fill it with water to almost the max.
  • Turn on the pressure cooker to the “soup” setting and add time (to 40min).
  • When it’s done and the pressure has been released, filter the oil and add salt to taste.


  • As opposed to the orange papayas we usually see, green papaya is for use in soups.
  • This soup is good for soothing the lungs.