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Jan 11, 2013 09:18 PM

Does Anyone Else Wish for a Puupuu Platter (updated, of course)?

Rumaki, little ribs, shrimp toast, tiny egg rolls...

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  1. I loved them as a child and thought they were the height of sophistication! I still enjoy having various nibbles to choose from.
    I have seen puupuu platters done in recent years in an updated yet retro way. They were good!

    1. I have had them in Hawaii. They are great. I only wish people on the mainland would stop using that description for throwing cheese and crackers on a plate.

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      1. re: kjonyou

        Huh? Mainlander here, and I've NEVER seen cheese and crackers described as a puupuu platter.

        As to the original question, yes, I loved the puupuu platter. They seem to have virtually disappeared along with the mom n' pop Chinese restos. Dam' the super buffets.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          I have tacky friends, they live right next to the airport, enough said.

          You should see what they call a steak.

          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            We still have puupuu platters here on Long Island, with the hibachi and all. My husband is a nut for them.

            1. re: coll

              EXACTLY!! I lived in Hawaii 40 years ago and I remember what a real Puupuu platter was like.

                1. re: sandylc

                  It would come on a round wood platter with a small pot of hot oil in the middle set over a burning can of Sterno. Arrayed around the "Puupuu Pot" were various raw vegetables and meats, including fish and I even seem to remember seeing Spam once or twice. You would skewer a mouthful or two of veggies and meat on wood skewers and put it into the pot to cook for a couple of minutes while you and your friends talked and joked and listened to the sound the bubbling cooking pot made (which is where the word puupuu comes from).

                    1. re: Exy00

                      I believe that's called a Hot Pot.

                      1. re: Exy00

                        Looks like a 70s American oil fondue.

            2. re: kjonyou

              Never seen cheese and crackers like you describe.

            3. There's a place near me that serves one with a little iron hibachi in the middle of the platter. Makes me think of something Barney Fife and Thelma Lu would order on a night on the town in Mt. Pilot.

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                Kon Tiki?

                That's where I had my first puu puu platter, the rumaki, all that stuff. i looked for years for one of those tiny cast iron hibachis, I actually bought a couple but they're way too small to be functional, and besides, I can't remember if they were sterno-fueled or had hot charcoal in them..

                1. re: EWSflash

                  No, oddly enough, over all the years I've never been to Kon Tiki

                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                    I'm surprised. I went there as a kid with my folks and some of their friends and/or relatives, a wild time was had by all but my sister and me, the only kids. The little flaming hibachis were the high point of my dinners there.

                2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                  That so made me smile.

                  My husband is entranced by hibachi and cooking food in table.

                  I have similar feelings about those Japanese steakhouses where they flip the shrimp onto your plate and your drinks are served in figurines.

                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                    Guys, like house cats, can be hipmotized by fire.

                3. YES, childhood memories too. But I feel that is a dish best served in a restaurant, where they can seriously deep-fry things and present them with the little sterno flame in the middle!

                  The East Coast Grill in Cambridge MA used to do a tastily updated one, served only in their Lava Lounge. Alas, long gone from the menu.

                  1. All that good bad and fried food, yum!