Tropical Cooking with Travel Man: 5th Main Dish - Papaya in Coconut Milk

Let's do Papaya!!!

It's raining outside; I mean, continuously, due to the tropical storm Falcon. Then, I heard a crack sound from our backyard. And lo! My one-year old papaya just fell down due to the gusty wind, with all the fruits fell in all direction. I had to retrieve some and use it as my main dish this rainy lunch, Papaya in Coconut Milk. Gravity helped me to record another authentic tropical cooking here on HubPages.

Allow me to take you to another journey on my humble kitchen and spice up your lunch with my main dish that is truly tropical.

We used to sing a nursery song regarding Papaya (Carica papaya)when I was in elementary grades. However, some fathers believed that ripe ones can affect their sexual prowess once they eat it as dessert. Whether it's a fact or myth, one thing is sure regarding this tropical plant.

Papaya is rich in papain, that is also used as:

  1. meat tenderizer in South America by natives centuries ago.
  2. immediate first aid for stings and bites.
  3. as teeth whitener.
  4. enzyme stabilizer.

Some precautions are being warned by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because papain can interfere with urine drug test for marijuana users. So, the inclusion of this protein secretions (lysosomal) in all topical drugs or supplements should be verified by FDA.

It's not as simple as we think when we talk about papaya. Based from my research in Wikipedia, there's some serious concern about those people who are illegally incorporating it to unapproved topical drugs that can give adverse reactions like, hypertension, increase heart rate, sudden drop of blood pressure or permanent loss of vision.


Papaya in Coconut Milk (Photo by Travel Man)
Papaya in Coconut Milk (Photo by Travel Man)

How I did it

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Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)Cut into strips.  (Photo by Travel Man)Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut the papaya into halves (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut into strips.  (Photo by Travel Man)
Cut into strips. (Photo by Travel Man)
Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)
Let it stand in water to remove excess papain (Photo by Travel Man)
Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)
Grate the coconut. (Photo by Travel Man)
Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)
Almost done...(Photo by Travel Man)
Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)
Let's get ready to cook the papaya! (Photo by Travel Man)
First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)
First concoction of coconut milk (Photo by Travel Man)
Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)
Cook the papaya in coconut milk under medium fire. (Photo by Travel Man)

Let's cook!!!

Ingredients:

>3 to four pieces medium-sized green papaya, clean and cut into strips

>coconut milk, with first concoction (for final dilution) and second (for cooking the papaya)

>spices (garlic, onion, pepper, ginger)

>salt to taste

>Additional/Optional extenders: strips of smoked fish (tinapa) or fresh water clam meat


PROCEDURE:

  1. Peel and clean the selected green papaya with its seeds. Cut into thin strips. Let it stand in water to remove excess papain.
  2. With the coconut milk (2nd concoction) ready with the spices on it. Let it boil, then put the papaya thin strips. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes until tender.
  3. Add additional extenders (smoked fish strips or meat of fresh water clams) and the 1st coconut milk concoction.
  4. Salt to taste. Serves 4-6 family members or friends.

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes in medium fire in gas stove

There's a Filipino hospitality that you can share some of your viand to your neighbor. They'll do it, likewise, in due time.

The Fallen Papaya Tree (June 23, 2011) Photo by Travel Man
The Fallen Papaya Tree (June 23, 2011) Photo by Travel Man

Tropical Dishes for you to Enjoy!!!

It seems that more and more online writers are clinging into one of the basic favorites of man in order to survive, FOOD, lots of foods. I've also read Food Hubs and Hub-Blogs from fellow hubbers that contribute new information and cooking technique about different World Cuisines.

Just last year, the whole HubPages community indulged a lot on food hubs through the Hubbalicious Food Contest that saw gastronomic recipes being published all over the world.

As for me, I am copyrighting my food recipes, through this Tropical Cooking series. I'm already on my fifth installment. I hope that you'll try cooking it or enjoy commenting about my little discoveries and fusion cooking that I am enjoying while concentrating in culinary arts.

I've done: Laing (dried taro leaves) in coconut milk, Fish in vinegar, Stewed Chicken, Buko Pancit and this latest, Papaya in coconut milk.

I'll be leaving you a dance to enjoy while cooking this recipe. If you know about the Papaya dance, this is it. They say, it's a Polish song but Filipinos made a great deal popularizing its dance steps. Shows in the US followed, especially the host Ellen DeGeneres.

Enjoy cooking and dancing, as well!!!


Papaya Dance c/o pvtcimo

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Comments 13 comments

mib56789 5 years ago

Yo travel_man19714! Copyrighting your food recipes? GENIUS!!! So there's a tropical storm in your part of the world? I'm from Miami, Florida but live in Texas now. I know hurricanes are dangerous but I kind of miss them. This is great HUB. I'm sharing it on my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Everyday-Exotic-Spic...


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

MMMMM,,,bet that's good.............and I do love coconut milk. Will be checking out your recipes T-man.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

The papaya dance - how wonderful! I've learned something new. Yay!

And your recipe - wonderful too. Thanks a million!


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Russell-D 5 years ago from Southern Ca.

Love Papaya for it's taste and pepsins. Love coconut milk, but my diabetes can't handle the sugar in it. What do I do now? David Russell


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mib56789: Hi, there, Ms. Treathyl! Got your name, right lOL! Thanks for sharing it on Facebook.

Yes, La Nina is scaring us all here in the Philippines. Heavy rains and the frequent visit of typhoons, inundated low-lying areas recently. An occasional twisters also destroyed some buildings and residential houses in Quezon City (Manila) and Iloilo (at Barotac Nuevo).

The trending topic these days is the weather bulletin. Whether it is announced on the radio or television, nature's wrath is the main topic over coffee break and the damages it will leave to the Filipino households.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, E.H. Queen! Please do check my other recipes plus my Hubbalicious Food Contest entries (my former food hubs last June 2010). I hope you'll like it, too!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@BKCreative: Thanks for liking the dance, Ms. BK! It's a good exercise, LOL! Thanks for liking the dish.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@BKCreative: Thanks for liking the dance, Ms. BK! It's a good exercise, LOL! Thanks for liking the dish.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Rusell-D: Yes, you can try eating it, Sir! It can lower your blood sugar level. You can also eat bitter gourd (kerala or ampalaya), lentils, oranges, among others. Vegetables and fruits are Nature's medicines. I made a hub about it, too!


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Russell-D 5 years ago from Southern Ca.

Thanks travel_man, I'll check it out. David


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Your welcome, Sir D! It's the least I could do to help you. Yet some who eat more than enough of papaya can acquire dermatitis (that's for diabetic or even pseudo-diabetic person).

Or better yet, take an ampalaya food supplement to lower your blood sugar. FDA here in the Philippines always post "No Approved Therapeutic Claims" but it really helps lower your blood sugar. I think I have to research on it, too!


jezelle bea 4 years ago

wow,good traveler


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jezelle bea: Thanks for the compliment! :D My 'wow' goes out to you, too.

Feel free to read more of my hubs, if you want to stay longer in perusing my account on HubPages.

Or you can do a lot more by doing the 'Papaya Dance'. LOL!

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