The Original WontonTiva
My grandma Tiva is one of 14 children (!) born to Emma Kauaua and Filomeno Tagupa in Hawaii while it was still an incorporated territory of the United States. She and her older sister Loretta made wontons together and fried them as appetizers for their siblings. For decades she’s kept the tradition alive, folding every batch of wontons by hand and frying them for our family holiday dinners and special occasions. She taught her daughters how to make them, and my mom taught me.
I founded WontonTiva on National Dumpling Day 2018. We’ve since catered bars, music venues, and breweries in New York City, and now Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in America. Our flagship wonton is made using Tiva’s recipe with a generous filling of pork and scallion, aromatic ginger and garlic, and served with signature dipping sauces.
WontonTiva represents the nostalgia of humble, traditional foods shared with friends and family, and the cultural and culinary convergence of the East and the West in Hawaii. Thanks for all the love and support!
– Brent P., Founder