Traditional Sapa Sui (Samoan Chop Suey)

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“I love this recipe! It's cheap, delicious and fast to prepare. It comes from an old boyfriend's mum. She is Samoan and a great cook. As this is a Samoan recipe, you can bet it's going to feed a small army.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 250 g mung beans, vermicelli they are also called cellophane (found in the asian section of your supermarket) or 1 glass noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 -4 garlic cloves, crushed (or a good tablespoon of the prepared garlic in a jar)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh grated gingerroot (or 1 tb of ginger from a jar)
  • 300 g mincemeat (all meats are fine, beef, chicken or pork) or 500 g of chopped meat (all meats are fine, beef, chicken or pork)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketjap manis
  • 2 -5 cups chopped vegetables, I love veggies so I added 5 cups (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder or 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder or 1 teaspoon beef stock powder


  1. In a large pan, fry the onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent over a med/high heat.
  2. Add and fry the meat for no more than 2 minutes It needs to be just seared. Stir so it doesn't burn.
  3. Add the soy sauce and water (the water should almost cover the meat - not totally). Let simmer over a med. heat while you prepare the noodles (about 5 minutes).
  4. Prepare the noodles as per the pack instructions (place hot water in a bowl and add the noodles, let stand until they are re-hydrated and plyable).
  5. Snip the noodles, you want each strand to be short.
  6. Add the noodles plus 1 cup of the water from the noodles.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients. It will look soupy - this is normal.
  8. Stir and let simmer over a medium heart for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Serve as is!

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