Let’s take a dive into the South Pacific to a beautiful set of islands formed by volcanoes!  In this country, being overweight is a symbol of wealth, status, and good health, so it’s no wonder many American professional football players (more than 30 in the NFL now) and wrestlers (Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, The Rock…) are from this paradise!

The Samoans are known through Polynesia as “the happy people” because of their happy nature, and peaceful, family-centered lifestyles. English and Samoa are the main languages, and the government is very tourism oriented, so getting there is a breeze! Let’s check out the yums then!


Sapa Sui

  • 250g mung beans(vermicelli or cellophane noodles)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 lbs minced or chopped meat (any meat is good, but I used pork)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 5 cups chopped veggies (any veggies, but I used carrots and celery)
  • 2 tbsp ketjap manis (soy sauce that’s been reduced to syrupy consistency)
  • 1 bouillon cube (any flavor)
  1. Chop, dice and slice the meat and veggies, and set aside in separate bowls    samoa2
  2. boil down some soy sauce (not the 1/2 cup for the recipe) until it’s reduced by about half to make the ketjap manis                             samoa3
  3. In a pot, fry the onion, garlic, and ginger in oil until translucent over medium-high heat.
  4. Add and fry the meat for just a couple of minutes to barely sear, then add the soy sauce, water, ketjap manis, bouillon, and veggies, and let simmer while you prepare the noodles.        samoa4
  5. Place the noodles into a large bowl of hot water, and let them sit until they’re re-hydrated and pliable, about 10 minutes, then snip the noodles into smaller pieces and add to the pot.  samoa5
  6. Stir, and let simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, and enjoy!     samoa

Oh, this was yummy!  I’ve never worked with cellophane noodles before, but it was easier than I thought it would be! The only thing I have to tell you, if you’ve never done it before, is that they can overcook fairly quickly, so don’t leave the kitchen while making them! Also,they kind of turned into a very jello-like solid mass after I put the leftovers in the fridge, so I don’t know how they’re going to taste for lunch the next day…

But everyone enjoyed it! I do regret not making a vegetarian version today, but I know that I can and will in the future. It was salty, so if you’re watching your sodium intake, get the low sodium soy sauce.

I can’t wait to try some more island food! In fact, tomorrow we’ll be trying an island dish from the opposite side of the world as this one- Iceland!


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