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Diner JJ’s Aloha ‘Oe Potluck

‘Twas that time once again to bid aloha ‘oe to one of our beloved gals in the office, again with yet another potluck luncheon. Well, “semi-potluck, semi-catered” if you will, as that’s exactly what made up the majority of dishes on this particular occasion.  Still, can’t beat the variety!

Case in point, starting with Zippy’s Barrel Chili ‘n Rice Meal Deal

For $38, Zippy’s Barrel Chili (7 lbs.) Meal Deal also includes mac’ salad…

Maki Sushi from Gulick Delicatessen

Homemade cut veggie platter, accompanied with Skotidakis Greek Yogurt Jalapeno-flavored Dip

Pimento stuffed Queen Olives (I could eat that whole thing myself!)…

Costco Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing ..

Costco Greek Salad (did we say we love Costco?)…

Chun Wah Kam Spicy Eggplant (OMG, this was, like SO da’ bomb!!!)…

Chun Wah Kam Cake Noodle with Beef Broccoli…

Zippy’s Local Favorites Party Platter (Teriyaki Beef, Hoki, Chicken Katsu, Hot Dog, Portuguese Sausage)…

Zippy’s Chicken Katsu Party Platter

Pomai’s “mo’ bettah ‘den da’ imu” oven-roasted Kalua Pig

Popeyes Chicken ‘n Biscuits…

Now for the dessert, starting with homemade Strawberry Haupia layered Jello (this would make great “Lava Flow” jello shots!)….

Layered Chocolate Cream Dream (I made that name up): Chocolate Brownies (no nuts in respect of anyone who may be allergic), cream cheese mixed with whipped cream confectioners sugar and vanilla, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, topped with crushed oreo cookies…

Fresh strawberries…

Diner JJ’s Aloha ‘Oe cake…

Now let’s check out some plates…

And? Everything was ono!

Toodles!

21 thoughts on “Diner JJ’s Aloha ‘Oe Potluck

  • April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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    Oh I just love your potluck posts! ‘Cept dey make me drool!

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  • April 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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    Pomai, you had the best potluck party as always. Better than eating in restaurant. Your dish is the best too bad no poi but so much as is. My coworkers now want to have potluck party too . It still have to go boss to decide.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    So yummy the food. Now I will bring Pad Tai for my potluck party soon and green papaya salad.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm
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    Mmm Big green olives and Greek salad. YUM. Your office seems like a great place to work.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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    @ syndrax – I agree, the potluck luncheons are always the best!

    @ Amy – oh how you read my mind. Eating Kalua Pig without Poi — at least for me — is like riding in a car without a stereo and A/C (if it’s hot); You’ll still get there, but the ride isn’t nearly as enjoyable.

    @ Kelike – A Green Papaya Salad sounds fantastic! Care to share your recipe? I have a spin on Tinola (Filipino Green Papaya Soup) that’s up on the cue for a soon-to-come post. Should be interesting.

    @ h – as noted in the post, I could have made a MEAL out of just the stuffed olives tray alone, with the Greek Salad as my “side dish”. lol Oh yeah, earthy “veggies” are my bag, from olives, to ‘shrooms to eggplant. Bring it! Hmmm, now for some reason I’m craving an eggplant ‘n mushroom lasagna. Lots of olives in there sounds good too! I may have to go hit the neighborhood Down to Earth for dinner!

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  • April 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm
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    Looks yummy! Could you please get the recipe for the strawberry haupia jello?
    Thanks so much!!

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  • April 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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    I second the request for the strawberry haupia jello! Everything looked delicious though. You guys sure know how to do a potluck right!

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  • April 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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    That spread is a dieter’s nightmare! How can you resist? Would that ‘ono strawberry haupia dessert be just a a layer of your favorite haupia recipe between 2 layers of strawberry jello (1 c hot water, package strawberry jellp, packet gelatin)? I third the request for the recipe!

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    • April 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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      lois, indeed! Thankfully these are special occasions. Whew! Believe me, after that meal, I drank like 3 cups of ocha, and ran/walked an extra half-hour after work.

      As for the Strawberry Haupia Jello, yup, I’d say so. Straightforward, just as you laid out the ingredients and method. I suppose you could turn it into a pie by layering some cheesecake underneath it, all inside a buttery macadamia nut shortbread cookie crust. Diet be dang, oooh! :yes:

      CC: Renee and kasey. ;)

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  • April 4, 2013 at 5:07 am
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    Pomai, hope you receive the recipe som tum I email you. Now family in to more Southeast Asian dishes and Chinese chicken salad for diet. It light and healthy.

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    • April 5, 2013 at 5:57 am
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      Raph’,

      Game on, bro’. EXCEPT, I have a slight twist to that. Instead of Popeyes Chicken Nuggets, I’ll be using Gardein’s meat-free Crispy Chick’n, now available at Costco. Yay!

      While for the Kung Pao recipe, I’ll use Kikkoman’s Kung Pao Chicken Mix, which is so quick ‘n easy and tastes really ono! Just add veggies and peanuts and it’s good to go! You should try it!

      Sure, those two products combined are more processed and “chemicalized” than an Iraq WMD storage bunker (hah!), but hey, we probably ingest more biohazards sitting in daily rush hour traffic on the H1 (something I actually gladly DON’T have to do).

      I also have another recipe I want to apply to those meatless chicken nuggets, to which I’ll just (generously) hint that it’s Korean.

      While we’re on cooking assignments, reader h challenged me to come up with “Hawaiianized” or “localized” recipes for Matzoh, that famous Jewish “cracker” commonly eaten during the Passover Seder. I have a couple ideas, yet if anyone out there wants to throw out ideas, let us know!

      In the mean time, you may be interested in this post: KFC Popcorn Chicken vs. McDonald’s new Chicken McBites

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      • April 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm
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        the kung pao mix looks great!!! and the gardein product is very interesting–the pics look like dark meat chicken…..i like!!! :D hmmm interesting about the chicken mcbites….hehe

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  • April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm
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    Man that’s what looks like a huge potluck! The strawberry haupia jello looks delicious! At first I thought it was a cream cheese square from Zippys lol

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  • April 6, 2013 at 3:31 am
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    Pomai, when I was college every Friday was potluck lunch day in class. All classmate who like join bring one dish enough for class. Teachers love ideal and see I made manapua and siu mai. Other time chow mein was a hit.
    We ended up saving money instead of eating out and had great time and sharing recipes. Those were the days.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 11:23 am
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    Great potluck… What I always wondered is why not luau paper plates? It’s all crammed onto those dinky paper plates. And it’s not like everyone is going to eat more, they will be able really enjoy each dish and might actually enjoy less more. Hey, nothing wrong with those huge potlucks, good for the soul and spirit and won’t kill us off if on special occasions. Always Pomai,great posts…

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  • April 9, 2013 at 7:40 am
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    Still awaiting for the strawberry haupia jello recipe? Thanks so much!

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    • April 9, 2013 at 8:21 am
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      renee,

      I asked the gal in our office who made that dessert, and she said it’s exactly as reader lois had suggested above, “A layer of your favorite haupia recipe between 2 layers of strawberry jello (1 c hot water, package strawberry jello, packet gelatin).” That’s it.

      The NOH brand packaged Coconut Pudding Haupia is pretty darned good for an instant, easy-to-make product, and would be PERFECT to make that Strawberry Haupia Jello dessert. Most grocery stores in Hawaii carry NOH products, or see the following link…
      http://amzn.to/YJaOTH

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  • December 6, 2014 at 8:54 am
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    Howzit Pomai!

    I know this post is a little old but do you have the recipe for that strawberry haupia jello from this potluck?  I would like to make this for my coworkers here and I’m pretty sure they would like it!

    Mahalos and keep up the good work!  Stop making me miss home!!!

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