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2008/03/09 15:21:24 (permalink)

PuPu Platter

For some reason, I remember a "specialty" of my youth, going out to eat and ordering the pupu platter in a chinese, or even better, polynesian restaurant. I recall some shrimp thing, and shrimp "toast". Maybe a baby egg roll. Does anyone rememebr what else is in a pupu platter (oh, of course, a small paper umbrella).
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    outolunch
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 15:48:50 (permalink)
    I remember them well, they were also a huge treat for my family in my childhood. I remember the "deluxe" version had shrimp toast and egg rolls, and also meat and pinapples coated with a sweet vaguely asian sauce on a stick, spare ribs, chicken wings, and a few large battered fried shrimp.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 15:54:42 (permalink)
    What a memory!! I remember those as well.In my experience, they were mini egg rolls, skewers of sweet and sour fruit,shrimp toast,little ribs,chicken wings,and deep fried shrimp.Yum!!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 15:58:56 (permalink)
    Here is one:

    Pu Pu Platter (For 2)
    Egg Roll (2), Bar-B-Q Boneless Spare Ribs (4), Crab Rangoon (4), Beef Teriyaki (2), Chicken Finger (4) & Chicken Wings (4)
    ....$15.50 for two
    ....$17.00 with a Small Roast Pork Fried Rice

    I remember them as differing at various restaurants.

    Pupu is really a Hawaiian word, borrowed by the likes of Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber who served Cantonese dishes at their so-called Polynesian restaurants.

    From the Mai Kai "Polynesian" restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale:

    Pupu Platter (Serves 2)
    A combination of Shanghai Chicken, Egg Roll, Crab Rangoon and Tahitian Cheese Tangs.
    $13.95


    And yes, Shrimp Toast would have been common.

    All really fun nibbles!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 16:09:30 (permalink)
    2 Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs, 2 Fried Wonton, 2 Crab Rangoon, 2 Teriyaki Beef, 2 Teriyaki Chicken, 2 Shrimp Toast, 2 Egg Roll, and 2 Chicken Wings



    In my experience, the Shrimp Toast always disappeared first.


    Shrimp Toast
    SERVES 4
    4 slices white bread
    8 ounces cooked peeled shrimp
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 large egg
    1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
    oil, for frying

    Remove crusts from the bread.
    Using a food processor, blend shrimp, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and egg until a smooth paste has formed.
    Spread paste evenly on top of bread.
    Sprinkle bread with sesame seeds and press them into spread.
    Cut bread from corner to corner twice, to form small triangles.
    Heat oil in wok and fry toasts, sesame side up, for 4 to 5 min, until golden. WARNING: WATCH THEM CAREFULLY. THEY MAY TAKE CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN 4 MIN TO BECOME GOLDEN.
    Drain toasts thoroughly.
    Serve with sweet and sour sauce.
    Enjoy!

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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 17:43:27 (permalink)
    In my mind, the little grill in the middle of the pu pu platter, with its flame merrily burning, was the COOLEST thing ever! And yeah, the food was good too!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 18:06:33 (permalink)
    Oh, yes I do remember the Pu Pu platter! Ribs, mini eggrolls(spring rolls), shrimp toast(still a favorite of mine), skewered beef, chicken wingettes and pineapple & cherries on a stick. A great memory that I don't think my kids would appreciate. Well, maybe with the indoor fountain and coi pond(indoors, of course).
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 18:13:10 (permalink)
    ??? Pu-pu platters are still served in the chinese restaurants here in my area....they're fun to get. Why would they be just a memory to people elsewhere? They really don't have them anymore?
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 18:21:40 (permalink)
    You da man, Porkbeaks. I loved those ones with the mini-habachi.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/09 18:49:15 (permalink)
    Most Chinese restaurants have them here in Southern Ohio
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/23 11:54:25 (permalink)
    They have 'em out here in Sacramento, I looked up two places but they call it .. both of them call it.. a po po platter. Weird huh?

    No shrimp toasts but they do serve fried prawns, egg rolls, beef sticks, bbq pork , paper wrapped chicken and chicken wings.

    This also coming from a place that don't know what duck sauce is.. (But I DID find a place that has Duck Sauce packets.. it's a HAWAIIAN BBQ place.. and I raid it constantly everytime I order in there i'll snag 8-10 packets. ;)
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/23 17:48:27 (permalink)
    I have enjoyed the Pu pu platter before but the name totally turns me off. It reminds me of Pu Pu.

    Paul E Smith
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 00:09:23 (permalink)
    PorkBeaks - Great picture. Interesting shrimp toast recipe..I never saw one that utilized cooked shrimp. I use to make it from chopped raw shrimp, with much of the same ingredients you've mentioned. The raw shrimp mix was also a paste but you did not have to use a mixer or anyhting...Just chop up the raw shrimp with two cleavers. I spread it on slice of thin white bread with crust removed. Covered it with another slice, cut in in two and then fried it. Anyway:

    I remember ribs (they'd cut them in half), mini egg rolls, skewered teryaki beef, chicken wings, fried won tons, and shrimp toast. I always use to wonder, if they actually cleaned the wooden serving bowls between customers.....I remember the wrapped chicken!

    I just do not remember every having it. How the heck is that made? May be with those won ton skins? Any of you ever remember getting fan tail shrimp on a pu pu platter? Any of you remember Stuffed Fan Tail Shrimp? They'd stuff it with ground fresh pork..Fantastic!

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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 00:28:17 (permalink)
    I used to get them a lot when I was younger and still do occasionally. One of the items that used to be in them frequently, but that I never see any more is chicken wrapped in foil. It was sort of ground up chicken and heavily seasoned, and the foil would be dripping in grease. I loved it.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 08:50:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by phlmaestro

    I used to get them a lot when I was younger and still do occasionally. One of the items that used to be in them frequently, but that I never see any more is chicken wrapped in foil. It was sort of ground up chicken and heavily seasoned, and the foil would be dripping in grease. I loved it.


    Ahhhhh you speak of paper wrapped chicken :) That's real common out here in California and most places have it if you ask for that.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 13:36:42 (permalink)
    I haven't seen the Pu Pu Platter around here in a looooonnnngggg time. I do miss it indeed!

    Andrea
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 14:04:43 (permalink)
    Years ago I recall a Polish restaurant in Riverhead NY (yes, in Polish Town) that served a Polish pu-pu platter featuring kielbasa & pierogies, among other things. I never ventured to try it.

    Uh oh -- I may have awakened the dreaded Polish Guy and encouraged him to again crank up his torturous gasbaggery
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 14:28:18 (permalink)
    rjb---don't remember the platter but when we went to the stock car races in Riverhead
    we often went to a Polish place that had great food, and so much you had to let out
    your belt. Then off to the track and a few cold ones. I can still hear the roar in my
    un-conscious mind as they go round and round and round and round.

    If we didn't go there we continued out to Jamesport to the Elbow Room -- bestest steaks !!!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 16:02:49 (permalink)
    The granchildren enjoyed a Pu-Pu tray the other evening at Leanh's Chinese restaurant in Daytona Beach. They love the flames! Incidentally, we enjoyed some excellent food here and the service was very good, as usual. I used to go there years ago and had quite forgotten it until someone mentioned it here on Roadfood and I immediately put it on our list of places to eat while vacationing here.

    (Incidentally, this pu-pu tray had egg rolls, spareribs, beef teriyaki, wings, fried wontons and jumbo fried shrimp.)

    Our favorite Chinese restaurant in Columbia MD serves a great Pu-Pu tray which they order everytime we go there. I had no idea that some areas no longer had them.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/03/25 16:21:47 (permalink)
    Glad you liked Leahann's...Again. Incidently, there's another place I'd recommend when you are in the Deland area ..Won Lee. Great, great shrimp with lobster sauce. As good as NYC. Also their egg rolls, roast pork with cashews, etc. Tough to choose between the two places...

    Roadfoodie John A (Daytona Beach)and I are hoping to meet for the first time and go next week to Leahann's for lunch. We'll take some pictures of her food for all of you. What I do not know is how to get those pictures onto this site. When we get the pictures, I'll ask for help.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/11 11:37:45 (permalink)
    I rember the pu pu platers at a now closed polynesian restaurant here in BR, They also had a drink called The Flaming Volcano It came in a punch bowl & you drank it with long straws.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/11 12:32:46 (permalink)
    We have PuPu Platters all over the place here. They generally come with wings, teryiaki beef, shrimp toast, pork ribs, butterfly shrimp, egg or spring rolls, fried rice,(of your choice), and a few other things, depending on which restaurant you're patronizing.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/11 13:36:01 (permalink)
    Kit Chen's Kitchen, Rock Hill, SC, late '70s-early '80s: my little sister and I would split a pu pu platter during every visit to Rock Hill's first Chinese restaurant -- that, surprisingly enough, is long gone. We were mesmerized by the little hibachi grill and always wondered how long the flames would last on just a scoop of Sterno. Our first introduction to Chinese (-American) food, and many, many pu pu platters and fond memories followed... Chris
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/11 18:38:03 (permalink)
    All the Chinese restaurants here have pu pu platters. They generally have butterfly shrimp, fried chicken drumettes, ribs, crab rangoon, and sometimes shrimp toast. Mmmmmm.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/11 19:02:34 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    All the Chinese restaurants here have pu pu platters. They generally have butterfly shrimp, fried chicken drumettes, ribs, crab rangoon, and sometimes shrimp toast. Mmmmmm.


    "Prince" it's good to see you back again.
    I still feel your pain and hope you're doing well.
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/12 02:07:43 (permalink)
    Richard, how incredibly nice of you to say so, especially after so much time has elapsed. Thank you!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/12 04:26:38 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    Here in the Harrisonburg, Va. area, we have Pu-Pu Platters,
    (hope I spelled it right) but we are surrounded by mountains
    and live in a valley, and the dish is usually pork, beef, and
    chicken offerings.
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/12 18:04:03 (permalink)
    In China you can buy authentic Poo Poo platters, Andrew Zimmer won't eat them!
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/18 14:24:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by chewingthefat

    In China you can buy authentic Poo Poo platters, Andrew Zimmer won't eat them!


    Mr. Smoke, did you mean this:

    http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Bizarre_Foods

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: PuPu Platter 2008/04/18 14:35:26 (permalink)
    A great site to help you find purveyors of pupu platters, past and present:

    http://www.critiki.com/cgi-bin/browse.cgi?by=category&id=1

    My personal favorite: Lotus Garden in Greenwood, Indiana (south of Indianapolis), still alive and well.
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