Papaya Champuru (Okinawan Stir-Fry Dish)

Papaya Champuru (Okinawan Stir-Fry Dish)

This is a popular Okinawan staple dish on par with goya bitter melon champuru. The papaya that served as a vegetable is crunchy and delicious. An excellent accompaniment for a bowl of rice!!

Ingredients: 2 servings

Papaya (small)
Green peppers (small)
Chinese chives
1/3 bunch
50 g
Bonito-based dashi stock granules
1 teaspoon
Salt-reduced soy sauce
1 teaspoon
20 g


2. Cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds and peel the skin.
3. Cut the papaya into thin strips.
4. Julienne the carrots.
5. Julienne the green pepper.
6. Cut the Chinese chives to the same length as the other vegetables.
7. Cut the Spam into matchsticks.
8. Melt the lard into a skillet or a wok, and stir-fry the green pepper and carrot over high heat.
9. Once the green pepper and carrots slightly wilt, add the papaya and continue to cook.
10. Once the ingredients are cooked through, add the Spam and stir-fry.
11. Once the Spam is lightly browned, add the Chinese chives.
12. Once the Chinese chives are tender, add the bonito-based dashi stock granules and soy sauce, cook them briefly until fragrant and it is done!
13. Transfer to a plate and enjoy!!

Story Behind this Recipe

Since green papaya has become available in mainland Japan grocery stores, I tried making this dish!