Samoan Sapasui (Chop Suey) Recipe

Samoan Sapasui (Chop Suey) Recipe

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

This Sapasui recipe is authentically Samoan, hailing straight from the beautiful Oceanic island. Typically, chicken, beef or pork is used, but you can use any or none of these meats in this recipe.

The beauty of Sapasui is that you can also make it your own, adding in any number of vegetables or spices to suit your palette, so do feel free to experiment.

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!

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