You might have noticed the word “poke” fills up food blog posts and starts to overrun menu around your city. In some places, poke bowl specialized shops has started to overwhelm people, serving their favourite fish with a pinch of exotic and colour. Yeah, it’s exploded also in UK the new fresh trend in fact of food! After Japanese sushi and Peruvian ceviche, there is a new tasty dish that every foodie must try.
So, it’s officially start the poke-mania! But, what is it? If you don’t want to be unprepared among your glamour and hipster friends, let’s discover something more about this fresh trendy dish. Here’s a full immersion on everything you need to know about the poke bowl world!
1. What is a poke bowl?
Well, the main ingredient is fish. It sounds already interesting, isn’t it? A poke bowl is basically a salad of raw marinated fish cubes, typically tuna (Ahi) but other fishes like salmon can also be used. Fish cubes are, then, placed on the top of a Japanese rice bed, mixed with a bunch of different veggies, like avocados, shallots, edamame beans and seaweed, and seasoned with Asian dressing like soy sauce, sesame oil, ponzu, vinegar or even spicy black-bean paste. Perfect to be enjoyed during a warm spring lunch break!
2. From where does it comes from?
This super fresh fish salad is an Hawaiian traditional dish, born from fishermen who were seasoning the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack whilst sat on their boats. Bless them! From there, in the latest years, it has ridden the sushi-mania wave to land on the USA West Coast. The next generation of sushi didn’t take too much time for becoming trendy among hollywood stars. After all, it’s not so surprisingly!
Now, let’s discover some facts that you can tell to your friends while you will be waiting for your poke bowl! First of all, in case you were wondering, the right pronunciation is poh-kay. Another interesting fact to know is about the origin of this word. Indeed, poke literally means “to slice or cut into pieces” in Hawaiian.
3. How to make a poke bowl.
If your city has not driven crazy for poke bowl yet, don’t worry! Making your homemade bowl is really easy. For the base used basmati rise and green salad. At this point, throw together your favourite ingredients: salmon, tuna, avocado, mango, edamame beans, seaweed…the possibilities are endless. Marinated the fish with soy sauce or other Asian style dressing, according to your taste. Simple and tasty, it could be a wonderful food idea to impress your guests or as a fast and healthy dinner to enjoy by yourself!
4. Small in calories but big in flavour!
If you are already in love with poke bowl, here’s a good news: as well as being a tasty dish, it’s also a healthy recipe. Indeed, the caloric intake is very low, but, in the same time, it’s well balanced in terms of vitamins, carbs and proteins. Thanks to fresh vegetables your poke bowl is a great source of vitamins from D and C, iron, zinc, folate, magnesium and potassium, just to cite some. On top of that, you will have loads of omega oils from the fish. Plus, the rice will give you the right portion of carbohydrates that your body needs. You can also opt for an integral rice, if you want to lower them.
Everything so fresh and tasty, you can consume it every time you want to, without feeling guilty. An added value for this yummy food. Here, the only sin (of throat) will be no eating a poke bowl!