A Pu Pu Platter At One Time Did Matter
Pu Pu’s are still the bomb!
When I was a kid I lived to eat a Pu Pu platter,
Never wanting to share any of it with my mother, father, or brother.
You know that far more American than Chinese assorted appetizer
With a tiny hibachi grill in the middle surrounded by a splatter
of spareribs, egg rolls, fried chicken wings, chicken fingers,
Grilled skewered beef, fried wantons and, of course, fried shrimp-
All to be soy sauced, duck sauced, and dabbed with a mustard hotter than heller.
So now decades later I can’t believe I craved such ordinary faire
as I’ve gone all Sichuanese with the spicy likes of Ma Po Bean Curd, Hot and Sour Soup,
Dried Fried Green Beans and Pork, and Ants Climbing Tree.
So having discovered more authentic Chinese cuisine,
I pooh pooh the thought of ever living for that platter.
(due to the inspiration of Marissa Bergen who indulged in…
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