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2004/06/02 17:29:09 (permalink)

Pupu platters

Any of you folks out there have any fun recipes for the classic tiki food for pupu platters?I have a few,but more would be terrific-thanks for the input.
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    zataar
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/07 15:29:21 (permalink)
    I may have some recipes. What ones do you already have? I haven't thought about pupu platters since the Kona Kai Room and Trader Vic's closed in Kansas City, years ago.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/07 20:57:34 (permalink)
    I still enjoy making rumaki for parties-----wrap some bacon (pre-microwave it a bit first just to get a bit of the grease our) around a water chestnut and dip in teriyaki sauce. Grill (or if you have a real pupu platter, run it over the flame in the middle. It's still a classic!
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/08 11:47:06 (permalink)
    OK. I surrender. What is a pupu platter?
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/08 12:03:43 (permalink)
    Pu-Pu platters are essentially a bunch of tidbits that are arranged around a sterno encased in a cast iron cooking grate. This items are usually all precooked and the guest can "cook" them over the flame.

    Very popular in american style chinese restaurants in the late 70'/80's and I imagine them being popular still, especially amongst kids. The platter of food, the flames and the presentation are a great hit. I know growing up, I thought it was so cool when my parents ordered a pu-pu platter. I have not had one in ages, but I remember the follwing items:

    Egg rolls, teriyaki beef sticks, scallion chicken in foil, chicken wings, spareribs.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/08 12:06:51 (permalink)
    Thanks. I remember seeing them in a now-gone Columbus restaurant, the Kahiki. I didn't know what they were called.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/08 12:12:13 (permalink)
    Pu-Pu platters are now mostly found in Honolulu. They are usually very good. At least I like them. It is a great apettizer. Rex in expensive San Diego.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/08 12:16:54 (permalink)
    Our favorite local Chinese Restaurant still has them on their menu.
    Reading from the menu: Pu Pu Platter ( for two) Spring Roll, Shrimp Toast, Fried Wonton, Fried Chicken Wings, Beef Cho Cho and Spareribs)
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/06/10 20:48:33 (permalink)
    I just saw this posted yesterday on a recipe forum. I know, I know, that's not the way to make ribs.

    PUPU-STYLE SPARERIBS

    5 lb spareribs
    4 cloves garlic
    1 large piece of ginger root, crushed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup soy sauce
    1 cup catsup
    1/3 cup oyster sauce

    Procedure:
    Cut spareribs into 1 1/2 inch pieces. In a large saucepot, combine ribs, garlic, ginger, and salt. Add water to cover ribs, bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer until ribs are tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Drain. Combine remaining ingredients and marinate ribs in sauce overnight in the refrigerator. Place ribs on rack of broiler pan and broil 3 inches from unit for 7-10 minutes, basting with remaining sauce. Turn and broil for 5-7 more minutes. Makes 15-20 servings.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/09/14 04:52:11 (permalink)
    This brings back some excellent childhood memories.

    The Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee MA has been around since 1965 and they still have the fabulous tiki decor. I haven't eaten there in over 20 years but I loved it as a kid. www.hukelau.com

    And here is what they serve in their pupu platters:

    APPETIZERS Six varieties served native-style with flaming hibachi. Fried shrimp, barbecued chicken wings, egg rolls, barbecued boneless spare ribs, goldfingers and beef teriyaki.

    tks for the happy memories

    Emily
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/09/14 09:02:43 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    OK. I surrender. What is a pupu platter?

    Thanks for sparing me...I've heard of these but wasn't even close as to what might have been put on a PuPu platter. Seriously, I was think a bunch of fried "stuff".
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/09/14 09:29:14 (permalink)
    Rusty,
    I associate eating the PuPu Platter with the same style as a Fondue dipping session. The difference being you singe your food instead of dip it. Either way it doesn't hold much interest for me.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/09/14 10:26:53 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    Rusty,
    I associate eating the PuPu Platter with the same style as a Fondue dipping session. The difference being you singe your food instead of dip it. Either way it doesn't hold much interest for me.


    Nah me either and further more it'd be a hard sell for the kid's. But you know sometimes you have to renew your sense of adventure.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2004/09/14 10:36:59 (permalink)
    I remember when we were first married back in the early 70's, we hosted several fondue parties. After a while of cooking only a couple pieces at a time, we would get impatient and dump the remainder of the meat into the oil to cook all at once
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    Rusty,
    I associate eating the PuPu Platter with the same style as a Fondue dipping session. The difference being you singe your food instead of dip it. Either way it doesn't hold much interest for me.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/02 09:21:22 (permalink)
    Yes, it's an old thread, but...
     
    I found a semi-local place that maybe just might still have the increasingly elusive shrimp toast on the menu!  I've driven by Peking Chinese Restaurant in Janesville, WI many times over the years but have never eaten there, so I'm thinking that I might just have to pop in for a light lunch sometime soon to check it out.  The restaurant doesn't have an actual website so all I know about it is from the few photos that show up online, but since it's been around since 1986 I'm hoping it's pretty good.
     
    The menu also shows a "Peking platter" as the first appetizer, so hopefully it's a big plate with a center firepot.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/02 13:34:14 (permalink)
    Nothing better than a Zombie and a Pu Pu Platter...just make sure you have a DD.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/02 18:25:04 (permalink)
    And don't forget the appeal to kids (and some adults) for getting to legitimately say the word pupu...
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/03 08:55:16 (permalink)

    The menu also shows a "Peking platter" as the first appetizer, so hopefully it's a big plate with a center firepot.

    We wound up going to Peking Restaurant for dinner last night and the Peking platter contained 1 each of an eggroll, shrimp toast, crab rangoon, beef skewer and 1 or 2 other items that I can't remember at the moment, but it didn't have the little iron firepot.  Still, the shrimp toast was exactly what I was hoping it would be and after tasting it my wife remarked that we should've ordered a plateful.  That will be next time.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/04 07:18:00 (permalink)
    It is so hard to find shrimp toast!  Congratulations on locating some that sounds like it was good!
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/04 16:41:54 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken

    The menu also shows a "Peking platter" as the first appetizer, so hopefully it's a big plate with a center firepot.

    We wound up going to Peking Restaurant for dinner last night and the Peking platter contained 1 each of an eggroll, shrimp toast, crab rangoon, beef skewer and 1 or 2 other items that I can't remember at the moment, but it didn't have the little iron firepot.  Still, the shrimp toast was exactly what I was hoping it would be and after tasting it my wife remarked that we should've ordered a plateful.  That will be next time.


    Glad you enjoyed it.  I've noticed that some places around here no longer include the fire in the middle of the pupu platter. I wonder if it's a safety concern.
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/03/04 21:36:02 (permalink)
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    It is so hard to find shrimp toast!  Congratulations on locating some that sounds like it was good!




    It's interesting how that works. It's regional. Shrimp toast is fairly easy to find in my region. But it's virtually impossible to find foil or paper-wrapped chicken, which I know is fairly common in other parts of the country. When I was young, both foil-chicken and shrimp toast were sometimes found in pupu platters. That's no longer the case as far as my personal experiences and menu-browsing goes. Even places that have shrimp toast rarely include it with the pupu platter. 
     
    I would say that while there is certainly a little variation, the most common pupu platter in the Philadelphia area now consists of an egg roll or spring roll, spare rib, beef on a stick, a fried chicken wing, and a fried fantail shrimp for each person ordering. I'm starting to see more places include a spring roll. I prefer egg rolls. 
    post edited by phlmaestro - 2019/03/04 21:42:33
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/04/14 18:25:01 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken
    Still, the shrimp toast was exactly what I was hoping it would be and after tasting it my wife remarked that we should've ordered a plateful.  That will be next time.

    "Next time" happened as a solo lunch for me a few weeks ago.
     

     

     
    The Peking Platter for one.  Beef skewer in back with a crab rangoon, wonton, crispy shrimp, eggroll...and shrimp toast in the middle.

     
    Crispy on the outside, delicious shrimpy goodness on the inside.

     
    Some things in life are good in a quantity of one...like mortgages and wives, for example.  Shrimp toast is not one of those things.

    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2019/04/14 18:30:15
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/04/15 20:43:01 (permalink)
    Love the look of that place. 
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    RE: Pupu platters 2019/04/15 21:03:10 (permalink)
    Fabulous looking shrimp toast!
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