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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes


Type of Cuisine: Samoan
Provided By: Sharyl Lam Yuen
From: Kapaʻa

Samoan Pankeke are round deep-fried morsels enjoyed with a cup of Samoan Koko which is somewhat like the American hot chocolate. People question, "If these are pancakes, why aren’t they flat?" The easy answer is that back in Samoa, the natives are up at the crack of dawn to get to their plantations before the hot sun rises. These balls of pankeke are easily carried in woven coconut baskets or even in the folds of their lavalava (sarong) to munch on – no utensils needed! Sharyl’s deep admiration for the Samoan culture is evident as she shares about the beauty of the islands and its people whenever traveling to her husband’s motherland.


Bowl 1 - Sift together:

3 cupsflour
1 cupsugar
4½ tspbaking powder
½ tspsalt

Bowl 2 – Combine together:

3 or 4bananas
3eggs - beaten
¾ cupmilk


  1. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture
  2. Mix well
  3. Heat oil for deep frying
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls and fry till golden brown. I test poke holes with a toothpick as I’m frying to make sure the center cooks well
  5. Drain on paper towel to cool