Samoan Sapasui (Chop Suey) Recipe

Samoan Sapasui (Chop Suey) Recipe

This Sapasui recipe is adored in Samoa, a variation on the classic Chinese Chop Suey recipe, there are many different ways to cook this dish.

This is one of the most typical recipes in Samoan cuisine, hailing straight from the beautiful Oceanic island.

Samoan food recipes are not particularly well known around the world but you might find that this dish sparks your desire to discover more Pacific recipes. This Fijian Kava recipe is also another great recipe to try, for example.

Typically, chicken, beef or pork is used in Samoan Sapasui, but you can use any or none of these meats in this recipe.

Sapasui is also eaten in Fiji and it this recipe could be considered traditionally Fijian as well as Samoan.

How to make Samoan Sapasui Recipe


  • Vermicelli noodles – 250g
  • Chicken/Beef/Pork chopped or minced (any meat works fine) – 300g
  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Peanut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Large onion – 1
  • Soy sauce – 1 cup
  • Carrots – 2
  • Grated ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper to taste
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Stock cube – 1


  1. Heat your peanut oil in a pan and on a medium heat add your garlic and garlic.
  2. Once the garlic starts to slightly brown, add your meat and carrots cut into matchsticks, and leave to cook.
  3. In a separate pot cook your vermicelli noodles according to the instructions on the pack.
  4. To the meat add your soy sauce, a cup of the noodle water and your stock cube, and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Once your noodles are cooked, snip them to around 5cm long and stir them in to the mix.
  6. If needed, add more soy sauce and water in small doses to get your required consistency.
  7. Add pepper to taste and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

Another Samoan Sapasui Recipe

You can discover more variations on cooking the Samoan speciality dish and incorporate them into your own style if you like.

Chop suey is always popular with family and friends so don’t feel shy about experimenting, as long as you retain the authentic core elements then guests will be happy to try it.

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