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Catered Luncheon by Puka Plate Lunch

Ah yes, the holiday season is in full swing. Hearts falling in love and breaking apart, credit cards almost maxed out, kids (I don’t have any but you know what I mean) driving you nuts. Always a “fun” time of year, right? LOL!!!

With that, like yours, everyone in our company busted our butts off this past year, being especially brutal that we’re in expansion mode (a GREAT thing!). Yet we always find time to recollect and recoup with a good lunch together, this time with catering by Puka Plate Lunch. Which I find the name quite “cute” if you will. Sounds very “local”, sort of satirical, and purposely playful.

Without further ado, let’s check out the grub!…

Chinese Chicken Salad…

“Oriental” Dressing (sesame based)…

Fried Noodles…

In Hawaii, no matter what, even if there’s 101 other variations of starch on a buffet line, gotta’ get rice…

More chicken, this time in the form of Schezuan Eggplant…

More chicken, this time in the form of Mochiko….

Shoots, all we need now are a platter of deviled eggs, and our poultry fiesta would be complete! lol

Next up, Teri’ Beef…

Finally, something that fits comfortably within the confines of my pescetarian “diet” *cough-cough*, Lemon Caper Mahimahi…

And rounding the seafood section out, Honey Walnut Shrimp…

What? That’s not enough Honey Walnut Shrimp for you? OK, then here’s one more pan’s worth!…

Rounding out the meal for “dessert”, some Christmas cookies from Costco…

And? The Sesame-flavored “Oriental” dressing for the Chinese Chicken Salad was excellent, having a nice “kick” to it. The fried noodles were cooked perfectly, with just a subtle flavoring coating it, probably shoyu and/or oyster sauce. Being I’m limiting meat consumption to special occasions such as this, what little I tasted of the Mochiko Chicken and Teri’ Beef was decent, yet not outstanding. Both were very tender, albiet on the cold side, which is expected when catered food aren’t kept on warmers. Our office party planning committee is still working on getting them sterno racks and burners, written off as “For Office Use” (way overdue!).

The Lemon Caper Mahi was super moist, however personally I’m not a fan of a creamy sauce all over my fish, preferring it more of a simple Chinese style with just Sesame Oil, Shoyu and Ginger. But hey, that’s just me. Nor am I a caper fan. Still, was good.

Finally, the Honey Walnut Shrimp. Sigh. Oh how I wanted to devour you, as delicious as you appear to be. But oh, how frigidly stiff and overcooked you were! Ack! The glazed walnuts, mayonnaise and honey coating was spot on, flavor-wise, but the shrimp tails were just way overcooked. Still edible, providing you have good teeth, if you know what I mean. So my word to Puka Plate Lunch, and anyone else catering shrimp, please slightly UNDERCOOK your shrimp. Sure, a slight risk, but remember, there’s residual heat in that pan that will cook it to completion upon your customer serving it. I want to eat Honey Walnut SHRIMP, nut Honey Walnut RUBBAH SLIPPAHZ. LOL!!!

The redemption was the Schezuan Eggplant Chicken dish. While I left out the slices of chicken, the flavor of this dish reminded me of one of my favorite local Chinese faves’ in the form of Beef Tomato. It had that same bell pepper and tomato in a gelatinous ginger-infused shoyu and oyster-based sauce thang goin’ on. The eggplant was super tender ‘n meaty. I’m like an eggplant (plus ‘shrooms) FREAK, and this dish was Yum!

As for the Costco Christmas Cookies, personally not having that (I don’t need to run any longer than I have spare time for), but everyone whacked it, so must have been good.

Finally – or actually preemptively – regarding Puka Plate Lunch, our party committee decided to try a few plate lunches from them upon while ordering the catered pans for our luncheon. Here’s a few of those samples, starting with this here BBQ Beef & Chicken Mixed Plate…

Putting the BBQ Chicken in Chicken…

Mochiko Chicken Mini Plate…

Double Cheeseburger…

Cross-cut shot…

Puka Plate Lunch (catering service)
2402 Kalihi St
Honolulu, HI 96819

Tel. (808) 845-2828

The Tasty Island Rating:

(2) Good. I’m glad I tried it. (Ono)

P.S. Here I am today at 25 pounds….

Man, that Japanese Green Tea is TOO effective. Ha!

Seriously, here’s a super close-up of myself (way too close, actually) today at 170 lbs….

My face is MUCH thinner than when I first began on my weight loss journey. Zoomed-out body shot (fully clothed of course) coming, next post.

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5 thoughts on “Catered Luncheon by Puka Plate Lunch

  • December 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Pomai, more works places now not having companies party due cost and no bonus. People just work . I so glad you have still party. The honey walnut prawns dish in Chinese restaurants is always expensive to see a huge tray of it would made any seafood lovers GaGa for it.

    My work always have people love to baked and now lot sweet delights of cookies and and cakes and breads every day at work.

    • December 4, 2012 at 5:19 am


      Them Holiday season baked goods are always hard to resist in the office. My strategy in weight loss mode is, just have a taste, but don’t eat the whole thing (like an entire cookie). Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls are my weakness though. So good when they arrive pipin’ hot!

      Now that I’ve improved my lifestyle and get much more exercise, I’m not really worried about it.

      • December 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        Oh, why, oh why did you have to mention Nanding’s? Now I’m going to have to go there. I love their rolls too.

        • December 5, 2012 at 5:40 am


          Nanding’s Spanish Rolls (from the Gulick Ave. location) was slackin’ on the butter for a while, but the last batch we had recently was slathered generously, just how they should be. Yum!

  • December 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Pomai, ono food at your company. Being a chef it hard at time to cook a large vast of food in wok and get it all right. Small amount is easy to control.

    I like good deal and Burger King Dec 6-9 having .55 whopper so I will head out today for it.


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