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Let's face it, we all like Pu Pu Platters sometimes

CambridgeFoodie Oct 18, 2006 07:10 PM

I must admit to on an occasion, indulging into a great Pu Pu platter.

Here's my question, do any restaurant actually make the components of a PU PU platter (chicken fingers, shrimp, egg roll)...or do all of the PU PU platter components come from a wholesale frozen manufacturer?

Many thanks for your help!

  1. itaunas Oct 19, 2006 02:59 PM

    Its not a restaurant I would normally recommend, but Changsho in Cambridge offers a slightly classier version of several components of the pupu platter, so I expect their's might meet the task (and they also have two appetizers which split it down the middle). Its also a little pricier and Quingdao is more interesting overall, but for this task I would probably go to Changsho.

    1. MB fka MB Oct 19, 2006 02:30 PM

      I've only had pu pu components from Qingdao and they are great (and don't give you a gut bomb) - teriyaki, crab rangoon, and I loooove their fried chicken wings. Egg rolls there suck, tho'.

      1. hiddenboston Oct 19, 2006 01:34 PM

        Granted, most pu pu platters are pretty gross when you think about it, but it's one of those cheesy, tacky things that everyone has to do at least once in their lives (or in my case, about 400 times).

        Perhaps I will hit the Kowloon this weekend. I've been meaning to get back there anyways! So the volcano room is the place to be? Or the room with the pond? Or is it the same room? It has been a long time...

        BTW, some useless info for a Thursday morning:


        1. StriperGuy Oct 19, 2006 01:18 PM

          No way. Unh unh. Won't touch that stuff. Ick. I'll save the calories for something else.

          I really hate americanized chinese eggrolls, crab rangoon, duck sauce, etc.

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          1. re: StriperGuy
            StriperGuy Oct 19, 2006 02:46 PM

            Oh yeah, forgot, also really hate terriyaki on a stick. What a waste of calories.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              modbetty Oct 19, 2006 02:51 PM

              And that is what makes the world go 'round. I would gladly waste vast quantities of empty calories on the above mentioned (crab rangoon moreseo than beef on a stick) and I love every deep fried salty moment of it. Especially with Massachusetts style duck sauce. I have not had "good" read "bad" to some Chinese since I left New England.

              I am getting hungry just reading about it, but I am in PA and out of luck.

              Vive Le Kowloon!

          2. b
            BJK Oct 19, 2006 12:09 PM

            My destination of choice for what we affectionately refer to in my household as "pupu Chinese" is Chef Chang's in Brookline. And while 9 times out of 10 I head to more authentic Chinese meals, once in a while I do need some chicken wings, spare ribs, and crab rangoon.


            1. c
              cmd Oct 18, 2006 11:50 PM

              I am quite partial to the crappy Chinese food from Dragon Star in Brookline. It's appetizer/general gao-esqu stuff only (tried dan dan noodles once--that was a revolting mistake that will not be repeated), but everything is properly crispy. It may well be wholesale food re-fried, but it's re-fried properly.

              It's right around the corner from Golden Temple, about 1/3 of the price, and much better (though I think take-out/delivery only).

              1. f
                fondue Oct 18, 2006 10:42 PM

                Pho Republique does a yummy app. combo platter although they don't call it a pupu. Everything is made there and the tuna/avo fried springrolls are divine as are their candied spareribs.

                1. Food4Thought Oct 18, 2006 10:17 PM

                  There are some interesting takes on the PuPu at Tiki Room on Landsdowne, not just chinese, but it does seem to be hit or miss.

                  1. Trixie Too Oct 18, 2006 09:29 PM

                    The ultimate PuPu is at the Kowloon in Saugus. If you're going for that fake-Chinese stuff, their chicken fingers are great and the spareribs are the best.

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                    1. re: Trixie Too
                      macca Oct 18, 2006 10:20 PM

                      And if you really want to go with the fake chinese stuff, make sure you sit in the room with the volcano. Haven't been there since I was a teenager- we used to love it! I have heard their chicken wings are good.

                      1. re: macca
                        Trixie Too Oct 18, 2006 11:33 PM

                        We make a pilgrimage there about once a year. It's such a hoot. We always get a booth by the "pond." If you're going to get a PuPu platter you have to have the right ambiance -- pink naugahyde booths and maities, too.

                        1. re: Trixie Too
                          macca Oct 19, 2006 01:01 PM

                          It is a trip- as a matter of fact, I have guests in town for the weekend, and should probably make a pilgrimage there- they have nothing like the Kowloon where they live, and would probably get a big chuckle.

                    2. Alcachofa Oct 18, 2006 08:18 PM

                      I enjoy the veggie pupu platter at Zuzu. I'm fairly certain they make it themselves.

                      1. hiddenboston Oct 18, 2006 08:04 PM

                        I still remember the pu pu platters at the old Aku Aku in Alewife (on a hot day, I swear that I can still smell the oddly appealing aroma of blue-flame charred chicken fingers and spare ribs as I drive past the Summer Shack).

                        1. Gary Soup Oct 18, 2006 07:54 PM

                          Only at cocktail parties in Hawaii.

                          I had never heard of the term (you don't find pu pu platters in San Francisco) until I went to Honolulu to work on a project. The client was holdong a big party to celebrate something, and she said "Why don't you stop by for a pu pu?"

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                          1. re: Gary Soup
                            Alan408 Oct 18, 2006 09:49 PM

                            Trader Vic's has pupu platters.

                            I occasionally see pu pu platters on Chinese Style Restaurant Menus in the SF area. There are listed under appetizers.

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                            Zatan Oct 18, 2006 07:49 PM

                            They don't call it that, but Golden Temple make all their own, and have a couple of good platters like that; they even make their own duck sauce

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                              eriberri Oct 18, 2006 08:13 PM

                              Where is Golden Temple, please. Sounds good!

                              1. re: eriberri
                                heathermb Oct 18, 2006 08:30 PM

                                In Brookline at Beacon and Washington Streets

                                Their chardonnay chicken is delicious as well.

                            2. g
                              greengage Oct 18, 2006 07:30 PM

                              Peking Tom's has a wicked good pu-pu platter and I'm pretty darn sure it's their own.

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                              1. re: greengage
                                tatamagouche Oct 18, 2006 08:19 PM

                                It did when it first opened, I agree, but is it still of good quality?

                              2. DavisSquare Oct 18, 2006 07:28 PM

                                East Coast Grill in the Lava Lounge. Certainly not wholesale but not exactly a traditional Pu Pu either.

                                1. c
                                  CambridgeFoodie Oct 18, 2006 07:20 PM

                                  Yes, I realize that. I'm looking for restaurants that make their own Pu Pu platters.

                                  1. g
                                    Gabatta Oct 18, 2006 07:17 PM

                                    It suppose it would vary by restaurant.

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