Try a Sweet Samoan Treat

Try a Sweet Samoan Treat

Lauren Christman, Contributor

In the islands, there is an abundance of resources. On the island of Samoa, the land is fruitful with coconut trees and banana trees. The natives of Samoa are resourceful and live off of the land. These two fruits can be found in many of their dishes. Here is one of many sweet island treats containing the two that you can eat and drink. Treat your taste buds to some suafa’i (sue-uh-fa-e), a Samoan twist on tapioca pudding. It is a sweet coconut and banana soup with tapioca pearls. On a chili day some nice hot suafa’i with some crackers for dipping hit the spot. My aunt made it every time I visited because she knew it was a favorite of mine. Now I can make it myself and so can you.


  • 12 bananas
  • 12 oz coconut milk
  • Tapioca pearls
  • Sugar
  • Water


  • Peel bananas and cut into small pieces.
  • Add bananas to a medium pot.
  • Cover bananas with just enough water.
  • Move pot to stove and put on high heat until boiling.
  • Add tapioca. 
  • Let simmer for 35 minutes.
  • Continuously stir.
  • Once tapioca is fully cooked, let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Mix in coconut milk.
  • Add sugar to your liking.