Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

courtesy First had this dish at a little Filipino Mom and Pop Restaurant on Moloka'i. This is local style comfort food to the max!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot.
  2. Add the onions and saute until transparent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and saute another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken pieces and saute another 5 minutes to partially cook and lightly brown.
  5. Add the fish sauce and stir well.
  6. Add water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes, stirring and skimming off fat and scum occasionally.
  8. Add cubed papaya and simmer another 5-10 minutes until papaya is tender.
  9. Remove from heat, salt and pepper to taste and stir in the chopped spinach.
  10. This dish will be soupy when done.