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A glass of Taiwanese papaya milk
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5 from 3 votes

Papaya milk (Taiwanese drink)

This old school street drink is a 2 (or 3) ingredient, 2-step, 3 minute recipe- literally 1 of the easiest Asian drinks you can make!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong, singaporean, Taiwanese
Servings: 2 people
Author: Zen


  • Blender
  • Knife and chopping board To cut the papaya


  • 1 medium papaya that is very ripe (or 1-4 Cups of papaya, depending on how concentrated you like the flavour to be) Cut into small cubes. You can freeze extra to make papaya milk in future- the recipes works well with frozen fruit.
  • 1 Cup milk I like full-cream. Feel free to use UHT milk. See the recipe post for dairy-free substitutes if vegan or allergic to dairy.
  • Honey, xantham gum, sugar or condensed milk Optional- you will need it if your papaya isn't very ripe


  • Cup the papaya into small cubes
  • Add to the blender with the milk.
  • Whizz it till it's at the desired frothiness- for a thicker, fuller flavoured drink, add more papaya.
  • Taste- if too bland, add a bit of honey, sugar or condensed milk.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Papaya milk isn't for everyone- it's like coriander in that some people hate the smell.
Papaya milk doesn't keep well, even if chilled, as it will turn bitter quickly. Always drink it right after blending.