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Samoan Watercress Soup – Supo Kapisi Vai

At the risk of sounding repetitive these days, here is another Pacific dish from Me’a Kai. I have always loved watercress soup, it’s a very popular ingredient in the UK with an annual festival in the town of Alresford being held in its honour. Attracting food lovers from far and wide tempting them with a massive food market, cooking demonstrations by TV Chefs, a street cavalcade and even the World Watercress Eating Competition!

This soup is a Samoan version with the addition of coconut milk of course, Taro and ginger. The original recipe uses pork bones cooked in an Umu oven which gives them a smoky flavour. I have replaced this with bacon stripes as I don’t think hubby would be impressed if I start digging up the garden to create my own Umu oven no matter how much delicious food I produce.

I love the peppery flavour of watercress which contrasts well with the creamy coconut and the ginger gives it an extra kick. Great served hot or cold depending on your weather at this time of year.


  • Large bunch watercress, woody stalks removed
  • 4 slices of smoked bacon
  • 3 cups of water
  • Sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup of Taro or potato
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Chop the bacon into strips and place them in a large heavy bottom pan with a tablespoon of oil.
  2. Fry over a medium heat until the bacon has browned.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Add 3 cups of water to the pan and the Taro or Potato and simmer until soft.
  5. Add the watercress and place a lid on the pan and simmer for a few minutes until the watercress has wilted.
  6. Blend the soup with a blending stick, food processor or blender until smooth.
  7. Return soup to the pan and add the coconut milk, season with pepper and salt if needed and heat through.
12 Comments Post a comment
  1. This sounds super nice!

    Happy Easter Alli!

    April 22, 2011
  2. Goodness that sounds amazing…totally new flavour combo for me, love peppery watercress and coconut but have never thought to put them together before.
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter.

    April 23, 2011
  3. I’ve recently become addicted to watching Junior Masterchef, and one of the kiwi girls on the show made a watercress and pork soup, which the judges loved. Sounds like a fantastic combination when you think about it!

    April 25, 2011
  4. Perfect!

    This is the wonderful use for all this watercress I’ve been searching for. I just finished making it and it came out absolutely delightful

    Thanks so much for sharing such great recipe 🙂

    April 26, 2011
  5. That looks wonderful. I love that it has some bacon and potato in there too.

    April 26, 2011
  6. What a fabulous flavor combination! I recently made watercress and potato soup, but bacon and coconut milk, yes that sounds good. Thank you for sharing

    April 28, 2011
  7. I just finished making this: it came out so perfect and delicious!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe!

    April 29, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, so easy to make too for a quick dinner.

      April 30, 2011
  8. Wow this looks so delicious!

    May 2, 2011
  9. This sounds delicius. I first had a watercress soup in England, it had an ok taste..your looks and sounds much better 🙂

    May 3, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      i too am familiar with the English watercress soup and did like the peppery taste but the Samoan flavours really give it something extra. I hope you manage to make it and enjoy it.

      May 4, 2011

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