Saturday, October 30, 2010

Koko Samoa - Samoan cocoa recipe

By panipopos


I believe that Koko Samoa is a comfort drink to Samoans around the world. The smell of the koko while it's simmering away is almost as good as the koko itself, and for me, it brings on many a memory of nights spent chatting with family after being separated the whole day. It's a beverage that you sip slowly while enjoying the warmth of your home, or while spending time with friends. Koko Samoa creates a feeling of togetherness with your drinking companions, a sense of unity because you all appreciate this unique Samoan drink, and even more so, because you are all mannered enough to respect the unspoken rule: Do not stare too long or look too closely at the pegu (grinds) stuck in each other's gums.

Koko Samoa (makes 2 cups)
2 cups (500ml) water
4 tablespoons (24g) Koko Samoa, grated
4 tablespoons (60g) sugar

Bring your water to the boil, then add the Koko. Turn the heat down and simmer for 10-15 minutes to release the cocoa oils and flavour from the nibs. Turn off the heat, and sweeten with the sugar. Pour or ladle into drinking mugs.

Serve hot, always hot. If you let Koko Samoa cool down, you'll be drinking little balls of solidified koko fat.

You can also add milk if desired.

Note on drinking Koko Samoa: Samoans enjoy the pegu (grinds) that you get with every mouthful of drink. Some even strain the drink through their teeth, hoping to have a nice collection of pegu they can chew on at the end (or maybe I'm the only one who does that!). Pegu have the texture of peanuts, but the taste of roasted cacao beans, and I think they're delicious. However, if you are averse to chewing on these, go ahead and strain your koko before drinking it. But then sadly, you will miss out on one of the joys of the experience.

14 comments:

  1. I LOVE kokosamoa. My boss in Oahu is from Samoa and sometimes he brings in breakfast for us. I always eagerly await for his Samoan cocoa. So delicious! Thank you!

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  2. You're welcome...Samoan koko is, without a doubt, one of my top three drinks.

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  3. My husband is Samoan and I looove koko Samoa! I wonder what the best way to get it from the hard cocoa form to the powdery type form so that I can had koko Samoa more readily available. I usually grate it.. but is there an easier way?

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  4. The most effective way I've found is to scrape at the koko block with a knife blade...Please see the koko samoa video if you're not sure what I mean...thank you for loving Koko Samoa...it's the most underrated flavour of our islands...

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  5. any idea where one might find blocks of koko Samoa in the US?

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  6. Hi, not sure about that...I would imagine that places in Hawaii, West Coast and Utah would sell it as these seem to be where there are concentrations of Samoan people.

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  7. Mesa is a suburb nearby with a large population of Mormons, and thusly, Polynesians, but most of the Usos I know shop at the Asian markets. There's no Polynesian markets in town. I'll have a look the next time I go...

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  8. thank you so much for sharing! I am Tahitian and my hubby is Samoan. I enjoy learning his beautiful culture and love raising our children and teaching them all that i can. Our children love koko Samoa and eating panikeke. They love to listen to all the stories and learn what their father teaches. They do love your panikeke recipe more then their fathers lol! Food plays such a major role in culture, and it is one way i am able to help my children feel closer to their father when he deploys. May you continue to be blessed with all that you do.
    Sending heaps of love and well wishes to ya.

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  9. Thanks very much for your comment...The people who use this site are so diverse, I love hearing your stories...So important to pass our cultures on to our children...All the best to your family, especially your kids who have to go from time to time without their Daddy, but never have to miss his food!

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  10. Hello to you all out there,
    I bought the other day Samoan Koko, when I opened it it was very smelly, I never smelled that in anything I've known before, does anyone knows if this is normal?
    thanks

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    1. It should have a pleasant chocolatey smell.

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  11. Thank you for hosting this site, and for sharing your Koko Samoa recipe. I miss having it now that I have returned to the states. I am palagi but Samoan at heart.
    God Bless!

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    1. Hello Laura, glad that you've found the site. Hope you can enjoy regular cups of koko while reminiscing over your time in Samoa.

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  12. For anyone in chch, you can buy koko from the Hampshire St Dairy and Fruit supply at 61 Hampshire st in Aranui :) it's about $7 for a cylinder about the size of a foam cup

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