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Chinatown restaurant once claimed to be the inventor of the pu pu platter

Intrepid fact finder Richard Auffrey, though, finds the facts to dismiss the claim by the long gone Bob Lee's Islander on Tyler Street.

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that Richard Auffrey pu-pu'd the claim?

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Trying to call 411 for the number to PuPu in westie as a kid. They’d always hang up.

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That looks terrible.

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But if you say "should we get a pu pu platter for 2 or 4" in my house, the teens still giggle.
:)

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I loved Bob Lee's Islander when I was a kid in the 60s. It was like walking into Disneyland or something. And we were aways greeted by Bob Lee himself at the door. Nobody but me seems to remember this, but there was another, similarly elaborate Polensian restaurant in the early 70s near the Colonial Theater. Somewhere on the block between the Colonial and the then-Playboy club (now where the Four Seasons is). For the life of me I can't remember the name of it.

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I miss Polynesian Chinese places where you got bread with your food.

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Cathay Pacific in Quincy appears to still do that. ("Bread and butter" listed on their menu online.)

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Whenever we ordered from Liane's Chinese Kitchen, they'd include warm rolls with our order, and the first thing I did was grab one and savor it. King's House (with the famous owner Kenny) usually included long rolls (similar to sub rolls) that were just as good.

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that the South End's century-old Quinzani's Bakery, which closed a few years back to make way for a fancy high-rise apartment building (hopefully yielding a retirement-worthy payday) was the originator of the bright idea that local Chinese restaurants should serve dinner rolls with butter pats for the pleasure of their White customers, sometime around the middle of the last century.

I grew up on the South Coast, where every American-Chinese joint followed that custom. Everyone I've ever met from outside of Eastern MA confirms how peculiar and specific to our region that is. I don't dine at many old-school places like that anymore except with me dear ol' mom -- who still favors egg foo yung, chop suey, moo goo gai pan, shrimp with "lobster sauce", magenta spare ribs, and greasy, overstuffed egg rolls -- but that odd trope always makes me smile.

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Although I wonder if anybody outside of Southeastern Massachusetts has any idea what I'm talking about :-)

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Is making me so hungry.

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Claim to invent email, also?

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