No Pooh-Poohing this Pu-Pu

Not your father's pu-pu platter. (Photo courtesy of E&O Trading Co.)

You might think tiki as tacky and the epitome of bad tourist joints of yesteryear.

But E&O Trading Co. in San Francisco, just steps away from Campton Place Taj Hotel, is reinventing that Polynesian staple, the pu-pu platter, into something hip and fresh.

The plentiful platter features some of the restaurant’s signature favorites, including Chinese five-spice chicken rolls, short rib sliders, Hoisin-coffee ribs, chicken satay, Indonesian corn fritters, and taro chips — all for $18. It’s enough to serve four to six hungry diners.

Experience this new take on the pu-pu during Happy Hour, Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of January.

While noshing on those nibbles, quaff your thirst with the new E&O San Francisco custom-blended wine for $24 a bottle.

E&O Executive Chef Arnold Wong collaborated on the vino with General Manager Jim Angelus and the team at the custom wine facility, Crushpad, to create the Rhone-style white wine. A blend of 50 percent Roussanne, 30 percent Viognier, 15 percent Marsanne and 5 percent Chardonnay, the wine’s tropical fruit flavors and hint of spice go especially well with Wong’s Pan-Asian cuisine.

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Date: Wednesday, 27. January 2010 5:25
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17 comments

  1. 1

    I haven’t had a Pu Pu Platter for years. brings back memories!

  2. 2

    Somehow I’ve never made it to E&O–but I like the look of this pu pu platter!

  3. 3

    I keep walking by the E&O Trading Company, I just need to mozy right in, a pu-pu plater sounds like a good way to start.

  4. 4

    That’s one big pu pu platter!

  5. 5

    Who can resist a Pu-Pu platter? For most Americans of a certain age, it’s probably the first Asian (or Polynesian) style food you feel comfortable as a kid to try. Many burned fingers around the sterno with the hibachi steak…lol. I love it, the tackier the better, although this one looks somewhat upscale. very nice!

  6. 6

    That platter looks amazing! My mouth is watering. And your blog post title is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

  7. 7

    Tacky or not, I like tiki bars, mai-tais, and pu pu platters. Sounds like fun.

  8. 8

    hey! E&O doesn’t appear to serve the sliders at the San Jose place. Bummer.

  9. 9

    Bob: Yup, the pu-pu platter is only available at the San Francisco branch of E&O. Sorry about that.

  10. 10

    Great timing as I was looking for a place for happy hour in downtown tomorrow. A pu pu platter and glass of wine and I’ll be a happy girl.

  11. 11

    Not tacky – tasty! I’ll happily share this pu-pu platter but you’ll have to fight me for those Hoisin-coffee ribs and short rib sliders. 8-)

  12. 12

    Yummmmm, wish I was there right now!

  13. 13

    gaaaahhhhh!! I really need to move to SF stat! That Hoisin-coffee ribs and the taro chips is taunting me!

  14. 14

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  15. 15

    Please, please, please–can we go here together.

  16. 16

    Indonesian corn fritters in a Pu-Pu platter? That’s interesting. Gotta dig-up my mom’s corn fritters recipe as soon as fresh corn is available. :-)

  17. 17

    I love this Pu Pu Platter! I will tell my work mates that we should have this together some time sooner. It’s PERFECT for meal!

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