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CULINARY JOURNEYS, EPISODE 6: TRADITIONAL ASIAN FLAVOR WITH A SAMOAN TWIST

Chef Jon Ashton’s Take on the Sapa Sui and Coconut of the Islands

Chef Jon Ashton
Chef Jon Ashton with local food experts in Pago Pago, American Samoa

Every Sunday after church, the people of American Samoa flock to the local shop for a feast. Taro root, plantain, coconut milk sauce and a host of fresh flavors meld on plates full of traditional comfort food. One central favorite is sapa sui, the Samoan iteration of classic Chinese chop suey and a staple in the island’s culinary customs. There is no one tried-and-true-recipe for sapa sui, as by nature, the dish is simply a compilation of various fresh vegetables that are at hand, vermicelli noodles, one’s meat of preference (chicken, beef, pork and shrimp all work beautifully) oil, ginger and soy sauce. Virtually every family on the island has its own version of the dish, making this truly food for the soul.

So it’s fitting that in episode six of “Crystal Cruises Presents: A Culinary Journey Hosted by Chef Jon Ashton,” Jon brings inspiration from his explorations in Pago Pago to Crystal Serenity’s Silk Kitchen & Bar – the new restaurant featuring Chinese-inspired comfort cuisine. Together with Silk’s executive chef, Tee Swe Sem, he creates a mouthwatering take on the traditional potsticker, featuring classic elements of sapa sui and an indulgent coconut crepe, in homage to one of the most prevalent Samoan ingredients.

But before they can treat the evening guests in Silk, the chefs must impress Hotel Director Hubert Buelacher and Food & Beverage Manager Jesper Darum…

 

Keep following the Crystal Insider as Chef Jon and Crystal Cruises’ culinary team explore the flavors and signature cuisines of the world aboard Crystal Serenity.

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