Cook's Hideout: Suafa'i -- Samaon Banana Tapioca pudding (with Chocolate) for #Food of the World

December 09, 2014

Suafa'i -- Samaon Banana Tapioca pudding (with Chocolate) for #Food of the World

This month we are going to Samoa the beautiful island country in the South Pacific ocean for #Food of the World event. I have tried these delicious fluffy and coconut milk soaked Pani popos and this super simple banana pudding, Poi from Samoa.
Today's recipe is a Samoan banana-tapioca soup called Suafa'i. Overripe bananas are cooked down along with coconut milk and tapioca. It is supposed to be a soup but I cooked it down to a pudding consistency. This dish is not really photogenic, so I added some chocolate chips to make it a little appetizing in the photos :-) Skip the chocolate if you want a more traditional Samoan dessert.
Suafa'i -- Samaon Banana Tapioca pudding

This dish is for all banana fans, it tastes sweet and banana-ey. I didn't add any additional sweetener because the sweetness from the banana was enough for me. The coconut milk adds creaminess to the dish and gives a subtle flavor in the background.
Suafa'i -- Samaon Banana Tapioca pudding
Recipe from
Overripe Bananas - 2
Water - 1cup
Small Tapioca Pearls - 2tbsp
Coconut Milk - ½cup
Sugar - 1~2tbsp (optional)
Semi sweet Chocolate Chips - 1~2tbsp

  • In a small saucepan, combine bananas and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer till bananas are cooked through. Mash it with the back of the spoon or a potato masher to make a smooth mixture.
  • Add the tapioca and mix well to combine.
  • Next add the coconut milk and simmer the mixture until the tapioca are cooked through, stirring frequently to prevent sticking to the bottom, about 15~20 minutes. Tapioca should turn completely translucent.
  • Let the pudding cool completely before serving. 
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1 comment:

  1. It sounds wonderful to me and you did get a great photo. Thanks for being part of Food of the World.


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