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Island Party Pupu Spicy Turkey Tail Adobo

Posted April 21, 2013 by Pat in Feature

Planning a get-together? Here is a Hawaiian island favorite with a Filipino flair, served as an appetizer  or “pupu” with cocktails. Turkey Tail Adobo is not only simple to make, but it will be  the talk of the party!


  • 4 pounds turkey tails
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups liquid, water or chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 1/2 round onion, sliced


  • Rinse turkey tails, drain, and cut each in half.
  • Salt the tails.
  • In a large pot mix all the ingredients and add the tails.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.  Check for tenderness.
  • Remove tails from liquid and serve.

About the Author


Pat Pang (Nozaki) is a retired DOE secondary school teacher who taught school in Waianae for almost 40 years. She has served the community as a member of the Waianae Neighborhood Board and as a delegate to the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. She was raised on the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead and resided in Waianae during her years as a teacher.


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