pu·​pu | \ ˈpü-ˌpü How to pronounce pupu (audio) \

Definition of pupu

: an Asian dish served as an appetizer or main course and consisting of a variety of foods (such as egg rolls, spareribs, and fried shrimp) pupu platter

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The easy critique is to label Naugles a culinary retcon that deserves to stay in the graveyard of bad restaurant ideas, like Sambo's and pupu platters. Gustavo Arellano, latimes.com, "Remember Naugles Tacos? Never heard of it? The cult Mexican fast-food chain is expanding," 10 July 2019 Their pupu platter of average big men didn’t help either. Matt Dollinger, SI.com, "2017 NBA Draft: Needs For All 30 Teams," 21 June 2017 Pull up a mondo pupu platter ($19.95) and light the torches at Boise’s only tiki bar. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Cool off, kick back and enjoy Treasure Valley sidewalks, rooftops and patios," 1 June 2017 Cheese balls or a flaming pupu platter are probably O.K. Michael Cieply, New York Times, "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," 1 July 2016

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First Known Use of pupu

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pupu

Hawaiian pūpū appetizer

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