Thursday, April 3, 2014


PUPUS, Hawaiian snacks similar to hors d’oeuvers, tapas, and canapés,
make up the third segment of my A-to-Z Challenge theme.
I hope they will delight your palate each Thursday and Saturday. 

Pupus are so popular in Hawaii that restaurants, and even some private parties, are rated by their choice and variety. Almost any bite-sized food that can be eaten with fingers or chopsticks falls into the category of pupus. 

Chicken katzu, a bit similar to chicken nuggets, is a favorite of mine. L&L Drive-Inn serves the best in town, along with a huge scoop of white rice and macaroni salad on the side. 

Chicken Katsu from L&L Drive-Inn
At a party, those three food choices are served in separate, oversized aluminum pans. I think what I like most about the L&L katzu is their famous katzu dipping sauce, a blend of sweet and sour flavors that include Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and tabasco sauce, sugar-water-salt, with a touch of chicken bouillon, garlic power, and ground pepper. It’s good for a snack or a full meal. 

Other popular Hawaiian pupus on my “C” list are just about anything made with coconut, including coconut shrimp and haupia (coconut milk based) pudding and cake. Every luau and most Sunday brunches serve haupia desserts.

Coconut Oblong Cake, top shelf
not as colorful as the Guava and Mango cakes
but just as delicious (Ono!)
Do you like your chicken huli huli style? Or would you prefer Chinatown Shrimp?
If the AtoZChallenge was any longer,
I'd gain 10 lbs. and go broke!


  1. I would like to try that huli huli style! I love anything with coconut. I made a beef tip meal with coconut milk the other night - my hubby love it!

    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

  2. I love coconut shrimp. I had it once on the Island of Kona.

    Yummy post today.

    Hugs and chocolate!

  3. Elsie, the beef tip with coconut milk sounds so healthy!

    Shelly, coconut shrimp is my downfall. When I start eating it, I can't stop.

  4. You're making my mouth water!!!

    Hello, from AtoZ fellow blogger - Happy April!

  5. Oh, that sounds absolutely delicious!

    Ayden from A to Z

  6. I visited Oahu once, but I never heard of these. I will definitely have to try if I can go back to Hawaii.

  7. Katsu! One of my favorite fried foods of all time, though it could have something to do with living in Japan, haha... I want to try some Hawaiian food though. It looks delicious!

    Alex Hurst | Fantasy Writer in Kyoto (from A-Z)

  8. Looks good! What time's dinner? :-)

  9. Visiting from A/Z; never heard of these and I don't think any place here in the San Diego area where I live features them, but they look delicious!!

    Enjoy the rest of the challenge!


  10. Agree, everything looks delicious. Thanks for visiting, everyone, and I look forward to reading more of your AtoZ posts.

  11. These sound absolutely delicious. I'd love to try some in Hawaii someday soon. :)


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