Pronounced po-kay, a poke bowl is a traditional Hawaiian dish that consists of cubed raw fish, mixed with vegetables and spices. The word "poke" comes from the Hawaiian verb "po'akua," which means to cut or slice.
There are many different types of poke, but most include cubed raw fish, tofu or chicken, rice, seaweed and vegetables. Poke is usually served over rice (as we do in our restaurant) or greens and can be topped with furikake, a Japanese seasoning that typically consists of dried fish flakes, sesame seeds and seaweed. It’s a healthy, flavorful meal that is quick and easy to make.
The first poke bowl was created in Hawaii in the 1950s and 1960s by Japanese immigrants who sought to replicate sashimi on a buffet table.
Depending on where you live, you may have noticed poke restaurants popping up in the last few years. This is because poke bowls are all the rage right now.
In modern times, poke bowls have become popular as a way to eat healthy while still enjoying your favorite flavors. They can be filled with everything from tofu to cucumber to avocado! just like our ones at the Brighton Beach House.
So Poke bowls can now be found in New Zealand and at cafes around town. Including now at the beach house in North New Brighton where you can grab a great coffee and a poke bowl.