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Green Papaya Champuru

Champuru means “something mixed” in the Okinawan language, and it can refer to this dish or sometimes to Okinawan culture: a blend of Ryuku, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cultures and cuisines. The stir-fried dishes usually consist of tofu with vegetables, meat, or fish; the most recognizable version on the island today includes tofu, bitter melon, and egg.

Cook Time:
15 minutes

Green Papaya Champuru Recipe


1 large young (green) papaya, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon water
11⁄2 cups dashi broth
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce


Grate papaya into strips.
In a large sauté pan, sauté papaya in 1 tablespoon of water over high heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Add dashi and oil, continuing to stir to combine.
Bring to simmer and continue to cook until most of the liquid is gone but papaya is not dried out.
Immediately remove from heat and season with soy sauce.

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