Koko Rice


IMG_5342We had a drizzley afternoon, so I finally broke out my Koko Samoa and made some koko rice.

Koko Samoa is cocoa beans grown in Samoa, roasted, pounded, and formed (somehow?) into these wedges. They are very hard and have little bits of cocoa beans still in pieces. It’s very strong, and not sweet (think baking chocolate). I live in Hawaii, so it’s not impossible to find, but where you are? Probably at some specialty store tucked into a corner.

You can use baking cocoa powder, but it won’t taste quite the same. The little chunks make it taste so raw, in my opinion. koko

Koko Rice is kind of like rice pudding, but less-puddingy and more cocoa-y. It actually reminds me of porridge. One key here is that you have to use short grain rice (Japanese rice) and none of that Uncle Ben’s stuff. Long grain rice would be completely the wrong thing. In Hawaii the only rice you’ll see is short grain rice, but I know that on the mainland, you’ll be lucky to find small expensive bags of it at your supermarket. Go to a Japanese food store (Uwajimaya is a big one in the Northwest) and buy it more cheaply in a large bag. You’ll never go back to long grain again. If you ever cook Asian food or curry, you have to have short grain, sticky rice.

Serve koko rice hot or cold, depending on the weather. It’s comforting on a rainy afternoon.

Koko Rice (5 servings)IMG_5343

  • 1 C short grain rice
  • 4 C water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 5 T grated koko Samoa
  • 1 C (or more, to taste) white sugar

Put the rice and water into a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and put on simmer for 15 minutes, until the rice is tender. It will be soupy. Add coconut milk and grated koko, stir to melt the chocolate. Add sugar. You may need more, depending on your taste. I also added more koko than this.

Bring to a simmer, rice will be tender but not falling apart. Remove from heat and serve.


3 Responses to “Koko Rice”

  1. 1 leata

    sounds yummy..where can i store my koko? is it ok to keep in the fridge or not/

  2. 2 Chie Lee

    I made koko rice for children at an early childhood centre. The children were so happy to eat and also their parents took it home and enjoyed it.

  3. This is soooo good. Thank you for the recipe. I have been looking for a while for this. I have made it several times. I love how you put the images in the post as well. It brings me back to the days when living in aufunga in western samoa. Thanks!

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