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Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish

Poke is a popular Hawaiian dish that has taken the world by storm. It is a simple but delicious combination of raw fish, rice and vegetables, making it a healthy and tasty option for those who want to eat something light and refreshing. But with so many variations and combinations out there, it can be difficult to know which type of poke to choose. In this article, we will look at the different types of poke available and help you choose the perfect one for your next meal. Now popular especially outside of Hawaii, these are bowls that include a base of rice or quinoa, on top of which poke is added and a variety of fresh vegetables, such as edamame, cucumber, nori seaweed and more.

What is Poke?

Before we dive into the different types of poke, let us first define what a poke is. A poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish which typically consists of raw fish, rice, vegetables and soy sauce. It is similar to sushi as it uses raw fish, but is typically served in a bowl with a variety of seasonings and condiments.

  • BaseComposed of raw fish, usually tuna (ahi), cut into cubes.
  • CondimentsIt is seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, chopped green onion, and sometimes seaweed and sesame seeds.
  • VariantsOver time, poke has been adapted to include other types of fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian or vegan versions.

 

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Traditional poke

This is the simplest type of poke, consisting of raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) marinated in soy sauce and served on a bed of rice. Condiments can vary, but usually include green onions, seaweed and sesame seeds.

Spicy dish

This spicy variant is similar to the traditional dish. The fish is typically marinated in a spicy sauce (usually made with sriracha or chilli flakes) and served with a variety of toppings, such as avocado, cucumber and jalapeños.

California Dish

This version is a fusion of the traditional and the popular California roll. It usually includes crabmeat, avocado and cucumber and is served on a bed of rice with a variety of toppings, such as sesame seeds and seaweed.

Poke Bowls

They are a newer, more modern version of the traditional poke. They usually include a rice or vegetable base, topped with a variety of vegetables (such as edamame, carrots and radishes) and a protein (such as tuna, salmon or tofu). Toppings can vary, but usually include seaweed, sesame seeds and a variety of sauces.

Sushi Poke

This version includes a bed of sushi rice topped with raw fish (such as tuna or salmon), avocado and a variety of toppings, such as sesame seeds and seaweed.

Vegetarian

This vegetarian dish is an excellent option for those who do not eat meat or fish. It usually includes a rice or vegetable base, topped with a variety of vegetables (such as carrots, cucumbers and avocado) and a protein source (such as tofu or edamame). Seasonings can vary, but usually include seaweed and sesame seeds.

Build your own poke bowl

Build your poke is a customisable option that allows you to create your own bowl. You can choose a base (such as rice or vegetables), a protein (such as tuna, salmon or tofu) and a variety of toppings and sauces to create your own unique combination.

Tacos

I tacos are a fun and unique twist on the traditional poke. They typically include a tortilla filled with raw fish (such as tuna or salmon), topped with a variety of seasonings (such as avocado and coriander) and served with spicy mayonnaise or other sauce.

How to choose the perfect poke

With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which type to choose. Appreciated for its fresh, light flavour and simplicity, this dish has become a popular dish in many fusion and local health food restaurants, offering a nutritious and tasty option that combines traditional Hawaiian with local flavours and ingredients.

Think about your preferences. Do you prefer spicy or delicate flavours? Do you like raw fish or prefer a vegetarian option?