PUPUS, Hawaiian snacks similar to hors d’oeuvers, tapas, and canapés,
make up the third segment of my A-to-Z Challenge theme.
Whether you think of the Chinese capital as Peking or Beijing, the smoked duck is still flavorful, if somewhat greasy. To be authentic, Peking duck is served in a flat pancake with little meat. In Hawaii, people want more meat and it is served manapua-style, in a steamed bun.
Pei pa duck is duck roasted hanging up. It gets its name from a Chinese musical instrument. The Pipa is a pear-shaped guitar. The duck is spread out like the Pipa, air-dried, and deep-fried with special spices. The duck is crispy enough to eat even the smaller bones.
At Market City, down the road from me on Kapiolani Blvd., is a restaurant named Duck Lee Chinese Express. It specializes in “roasting” foods, like roast duck, pei pa duck, and char siu. It is finger-lickin’ food you can snack on anytime.