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Polynesian Chips

From: Dawn 
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 3:18 PM
Subject: Recipe search 

When I was a senior in high school we used to go to a bar called the Embassy Hotel in Windsor, Ontario . 
This was approx. 35 years ago.

This bar is no longer open.  While it was open, they served a deep fried bar snack called “Polynesian Chips“. 
These would come to your table piping hot with wedges of lemon on the side.  I have no idea how these were made 
– they looked like deep fried fish – but were not fish. They were potatoes ? but cooked in a different way.  
These were popular for years at this establishment . However , try as I might I cannot find anything on the 
internet that resembles this.  These are not potato chips in the conventional sense. They were thick cut and 
maybe battered ? 

This is a minor annoyance in my life – so if you  cannot help, I will survive .

Thank you ! 

Hi Dawn,

Sorry, I had no success. The only mention that I can find of the Embassy Hotel Lounge in Windsor, Ontario is that it was the last place that a band called “The Rationals” played before they broke up in about 1970.

The only mention that I can find of “Polynesian chips” is for a mixture of kettle-cooked potato chips and fried won tons that is served with sandwiches at a restaurant in Disney World Florida called “Captain Cook’s.”

I could not find anything else.

I’ll post this on my site in case a reader can help.


These are a Polynesian chip. Love your site. Bryan 

Taro Chips

Taro Chips (like Potato Chips)
By Dug 

Dug's Note:
The taro root, avilable in most supermarkets, is cultivated in many areas of the world including West Africa, A ...

Servings: 8
2 -3 taro root, about 2 inches in diameter. 
3 -4 cups vegetable oil, for deep frying. 
1 Place oil in a deep fryer and heat to 350°F.
2 Slice Taro Roots thinly (perhaps a bit thicker than a potato chip).
3 Fry the sliced Taro in small batches until lightly golden (about 2 minutes).
4 Drain on paper towels and salt lightly.
5 Eat as they are or use as dippers.
From: pattie 
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 9:56 PM
Subject: Polynesian chips

Just saw the question from Dawn about them well the Polynesian chips were at the DROP INN on Tecuhseh rd just a 
few doors down from The Embassy in Windsor Ontario just wanted to let u know maybe u can get a receipe I would 
love to make these as I use to go to The Drop Inn for them thank u Patricia London Ont

Hello Pattie,

This site says it was the DO Drop Inn on Tecumseh: International Metropolis

Doesn’t matter. I didn’t find anything new at all about Polynesian Chips.


From: "Carol" 
Subject: Polynesian chips please open
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:25 PM


I am from Windsor and ran across your wanting the recipe for Polynesian chips.  
I think I ran across your website from a google search. Anyways here is the basic idea. 
They used to make them at the Drop Inn and it was only made from the polynesian cook they had.
I don't have the exact recipe but all it is is here:     

Peeled whole potatoes cut as thin as possible but still leaving each piece whole. 
Cut as many slices as you can. Now: Dip each piece in batter and then slide extra 
batter off side of dish and drop in oil for frying. Since they are so thin just cook 
until batter starts to light brown.

big question Batter. Use what you want. fish batter, pancake batter,flour and beer batter. 
Try what you like and no matter how thick the batter  make sure each piece only has enough 
batter but not too much.

Takes awhile or big pot because you are doing each piece at a time. Just take a few seconds in 
between each slice so they don't go into each other. salt them whrn you drain after.

Hint: I just put a whole bunch of potatoes in the batter and take one at a time out beside the 
oil and drop them in.

May be able to get the exact batter recipe but I'm sure you will see what you like by trying.  
Good luck and hope you get this email.Carol

Leslie's Chicken Shack Rolls

From: Paula
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:27 PM
Subject: Leslie's Chicken Shack - ROLLS

Dear Uncle Phaedrus:

Please work your magic and find the recipe for Leslie's Chicken Shack's yeast rolls.  They don't have a "name" - 
but they were the most delicious, melt in your mouth yeast rolls ever.  Came served in all-you-could eat baskets - 
the Baylor football guys would eat mountains of them.  Some people dredged 'em in honey, but they were simply 
delicious without.

I ate my share of them circa 1982-1986 at the original Leslie's Chicken Shack on the Old Dallas Highway in Waco, TX 
that opened back in 1934 (I remember the 50th Anniversary, and several websites listed this as the original location's 
founding, and my dad remembered stopping there in driving through Texas in the 1930's as a boy).  It closed in the 1990's, 
I believe - they had other locations through the years in Dallas, Ft. Worth, etc., but the original one was in Waco.  

I did my required homework (site archive search :) ) and have seen posts on your page and on several blogs discussing 
various supposedly authentic recipes for the chicken - but it's the rolls that were the best.  Can't believe no one's 
asked for them!   I've also seen posted stories that someone in the family (I think several original family members 
owned it in the end...seem to be called the Strange Family...have seen Leslie Strange and Frank Strange) owned it in 
the end, and I've never known why it closed - family dispute? money issues? but some of the bloggers say someone in 
the family at one offered to sell the place + the recipes for $600k.  So, not sure if that's why you don't find the 
real recipes floating around.  No one discusses the roll recipe....

Will be forever grateful if you can sleuth and find this one.

Best regards,

Hi Paula,

Sorry, I found lots of raves about the rolls, but no recipes, not even a copycat or tastes-like.

I’ll post this.


Mrs Wages Dry Mixes

From: Vickie 
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 9:21 PM
Subject: Mrs Wages mix recipes

I am looking for recipes for Mrs Wages salsa mix, bread and butter pickle mix and pasta mix. I can't find them anywhere.  
Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Hello Vickie,

Sorry, I had no success finding any copycat recipes or tastes-like recipes for any of Mrs. Wages commercial dry mixes.


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