What’s tastier than a tuna poke bowl? Poke is turning ‘fast food’ on its head with freshness, tastiness and deliciousness all in one simple bowl. Enjoy this easily customised tuna poke with your favourite toppings.
After months of watching Poke become the new darling of Instagram foodies in the States, I am thrilled that the trend has finally hit Cape Town. No, I am not talking about the awkward feature on Facebook. I mean the Hawaiian fast food that has been all over your Instagram feed recently.
While native Hawaiians have been enjoying Poke (Say it with me: POH-keh) for centuries, the versions reaching South Africa have more of a fusion influence. They draw from cuisines and influences the world over, including ingredients like pineapple, Korean bulgogi, jalapeños and crumbled nachos.
I like my tuna poke best when mixed and rested for a short period, to allow the natural flavours of the fish to come through. This is a deviation from tradition, where marinated poke is sold by weight at deli counters throughout Hawaii. Traditionally, you would serve poke simply with a soy dressing and aromatics. Its ubiquity is also strongly evident. You can buy it in road side cooler boxes and supermarket deli counters throughout Hawaii. It’s not difficult to see why poke is known as the epitome of Hawaiian “fast” food!
Should you wish to prep your ingredients in advance, make up the sauce, cube the fish and prep your remaining toppings. When you are nearly ready to serve, mix the sauce and fish together and allow to marinate as per the recipe instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this with other fish?
Go for it! Poke is delicious made with salmon, tuna, trout, cooked shellfish.
What else can I add to my poke bowl?
See the notes after the recipe for a couple of ideas.