Panipopo is a type of Samoan bread soaked in sweet coconut sauce. Popo means coconut in Samoan, and pani means buns. In the pan, it looks like a regular dinner roll, but remove the pieces to reveal the layer of coconut sauce. The panipopo are served upside down, sauce side up, with extra sauce from the pan drizzled over the top. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator. The buns continue to soak up the sauce the longer they are stored.
The Samoan Islands lie in the South Pacific, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. There are nine islands, with the first four inhabited: Savai’i, Upolu, Manono, Apolima, Fanuatapu, Namu’a, Nuulua, and Nuusafee. It is a fairly new country. The Europeans first found Samoa in the 1700s and it was fought over during the 1800s by the British, Germans, and Americans. In 1899, the United States took over American (Eastern) Samoa and Germany seized control of Western Samoa. New Zealand took control from Germany in 1914 until independence in 1962. In 1997, the name was officially changed to Samoa.
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