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Here's Where the Kahiki Rebuild Money Went
Digitiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2008-09-24 10:10 am   Permalink

Jeff,
Thanks for the pacture! Its an amazing piece of Tiki history...that never was!!
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unklefun
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Joined: Jan 04, 2006
Posts: 73
From: Oaktucky
Posted: 2008-10-14 11:17 am   Permalink

I found these two dishes at Safeway in Berkeley, Ca. I had never been to the Kahiki and I fiqured this would be my only chance to at least try the food. I have to say it wasn't bad, actually pretty tasty for a TV dinner.


 
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Kahtiki
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Joined: Aug 12, 2008
Posts: 17
From: Columbus, OH
Posted: 2017-07-27 2:42 pm   Permalink

The processed frozen food that the company cranks out is truly unremarkable at its very best. The chicken fried rice (never served in the restaurant to my memory...or from the two menus I own)contains 73% of your daily sodium intake I believe. The Kahiki processed frozen food doesn't sell well at my local Giant Eagle according to one of the managers.

Kahiki Processed Frozen Food is Kahiki in name only. The only real Kahiki food that is out there is made from the recipes (authentic or recreated from memories) of the Kahiki prepared by home cooks in their own kitchens. The company should take the name Kahiki off of their processed products and let Kahiki live on in the kitchens and home tiki bars of those who loved it (in my case mildly obsessed with it). However, they must be making big money on it but I can't imagine many people who loved the restaurant love the processed food.

Aside from home kitchens, tiki bars, and tikiphiles, there is one final link to Kahiki in Columbus. The Top Steakhouse. It is the only survivor of the three Bill Sapp and Henry Lee restaurants that remain. It is a cathedral of midcentury splendor and is going stronger than ever. As of this writing, Columbus' First Lady of Piano, Sonia Modes who played at the Kahiki in the 80s and 90s is still at the piano twice a week.


 
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 4446
Posted: 2017-07-27 4:18 pm   Permalink

"The company should take the name Kahiki off of their processed products and let Kahiki live on in the kitchens and home tiki bars."

They left the Kahiki name on the new box but took off the picture of the Kahiki, changed the font from the iconic Kahiki font.
AND it looks like they added a picture of the Tsao family on the box.

I have always felt the Tsao family kinda tried to erase the real people who started the Kahiki from history.

It's all about the egg rolls that I heard they even sell to other restaurants to sell to their customers.

As I heard it there is no machine to roll egg rolls so you need people to roll each one, many times these were Asian people.

Well if you are Asian and live in Columbus and may not even speak the language that good rolling egg rolls at the Kahiki would be a good job and you would feel right at home.

This is how they started the egg roll factory as I heard it from two people that worked there at the time.

The frozen food is not that good, at the end the Kahiki restaurant food was not great.
The Tsao family Kahiki did support some tiki events here in Ohio and that prompted some in that group to say the Tsao family Kahiki is great as is the frozen food.

The Tsao family are not bad people but I feel that they have wanted to make money more than a love for the Kahiki of old.

Even Michael Tsao, or should I say especially Michael Tsao.

It's gone, He's gone, Dog gone!


 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 2155
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2017-07-27 4:58 pm   Permalink

Kahiki food products are sold at my local Walmart. Never tried it, but now I'm curious.

The brand has achieved quite a reach by making it so far.


 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 8645
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2017-07-28 06:26 am   Permalink

Seems like I've seen them at WalMart too

 
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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
Posts: 492
From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2017-07-28 10:58 am   Permalink

Just pray THE MAI-KAI doesn't start selling "Frozen Microwave Chinese Oven Specialties"

 
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Kahtiki
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Joined: Aug 12, 2008
Posts: 17
From: Columbus, OH
Posted: 2017-07-29 9:53 pm   Permalink

I didn't visit the Kahiki until the 1990s when I was in college. Some of the food I remember was EXCELLENT...never had a bad experience with the Tahitian Mermaid, Mahi Mahi Almondine or the Rack of Lamb with Indonesian sauce. The Chicken Pineapple Kahiki, Samoan Flaming Chicken, and Hawaiian Spare Ribs were just kind of okay. I wish I ate there more often, but I was too poor back then.

The food at the Tropical Bistro was better quality it seems than the Kahiki...but then again I stuck to my favorites. There were several days when I ate lunch AND dinner there. Theang (I think that was his name) was sooo nice. I hope he found success. He had a great personality to run the restaurant...and got me hooked on Navy grog! He gave me a few swizzle sticks from the Kahiki...so I wonder if he knew the writing was on the wall.

For those of you who wish to sample the Processed food the company puts out, I hope you like SALT...because that's the only thing I taste. However, I'm not one who likes to eat processed food.

If I want Kahiki, I don't do the processed stuff...I make it myself either from one of the few recipes published over the years or try to do it from memory and if I go hard core, I might even pull out some of the items from my Kahiki shrine to drink out of.


 
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