Love at first popping biteChew On This Digest
July 13, 2014
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Tony Grillo
Before opening Paul’s Poppers, owner Paul Park spent much of his time apprenticing at Sav-Mor Coffee Shop, then owned by the late Robert Joseph Luke.
“I remember visiting Grandpa Joe and being completely mesmerized by how good his crispy pork wontons were,” Park recalls. “After his passing, I made it my goal to recreate that same pupu, which soon led to our Original Pork popper.”
Today, the eatery’s wonton wonders come in a variety of unique filling combinations ranging from sweet to savory. “By using high-quality ingredients, as well as a few clever techniques to preserve flavor and freshness, we have been able to come up with some truly great options.” According to Park, popular popper choices include Spinach and Artichoke, Mac and Cheese, and Turkey Melt ($5 for 6, $12 for 15, $38 for 50, $75 for 100).
In recent months, the menu also has welcomed a range of specialty popper flavors, such as Bruschetta ($5 for 3, $25 for 15), a mix of freshly minced garlic, tomato, spinach, basil and three cheeses. Chocolate Decadence is another crowd favorite, as it features Oreo clusters, a homemade chocolate cream cheese and cocoa powder.
“Unlike a typical wonton, which usually requires a separate dipping sauce, we wanted to simplify yet elevate the dining experience by cooking our poppers with a built-in sauce,” explains Park. “We thrive on taking creative dishes like a Bacon Crab Rangoon and jam-packing those components into a perfect bite.”
In addition to a dine-in menu, Paul’s Poppers also offers takeout and party tray options.
For Dining Out readers, Paul’s Poppers offers two different Hot Deals via HotDealsHawaii.com. Patrons may purchase a $20 voucher for just $10, valid at the establishment or at participating food events, including Eat the Street. Customers also may purchase a $40 voucher for $25, good toward popper catering trays only. Placing large catering orders at least three days in advance is preferred.
555 N. King St., Suite 110, Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.