POKÉ: THE QUINTESSENTIAL HAWAIIAN DISH Poké, the unofficial “state snack” of Hawaii, is a classic raw-fish salad that can be found almost anywhere throughout the Aloha State. This delightful combination of ingredients has been influenced by the history of the islands and the many cultures that have inhabited them, poké is Hawaiian for “to chop” or “to cut crosswise”. The centuries-old snack has maintained a fresh appeal, and today the Hawaiian-style treat is gaining a global following, popping up in many new and creative iterations, on menus around the world and is more popularly served as a complete meal. How to prepare it | Poké is an exceedingly simple dish to make, so why not try it at home? You can get creative to suit your palate, with many modern variations drawing inspiration from Japanese and other Asian culinary traditions. One of our favorites calls for gently mixing chunks of lean ahi (yellowfin) tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, sweet Maui onions, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds or scallions. You can also include dried seaweeds like hijiki or wakame. Simple and ready to eat in fifteen minutes. Where to eat it | No matter where you are these days, chances are you can score some delicious poké while out on the town. From Hawaii to New York to London and Australia, here are a few of our favorite spots for a delicious bowl of poké from different parts of the world. POKÉ STOP | HAWAIIAN ISLAND, O’AHU Chef Elmer Guzman was born and raised on the island of Maui and opened Poké Stop Waipahu in 2005. He grew up fishing on the island and developed a lifelong love of fish and even served as a sous chef under well-known television chef Emeril Lagasse, in Emeril’s Restaurant, in New Orleans. While Poké Stop’s outward appearance seems casual, it has become extremely popular for in-the-know locals and tourists alike to come here and get their poké fix, prompting Guzman to open a second location on the same island in Mililani and a third location in Honolulu. Poke-stop.com Recommendations | Try the creamy Spicy Salmon Poké, the Wasabi Tako Poké or the popular Sesame Ahi Poké. NOREETUH | NEW YORK CITY Noreetuh, meaning “playground” in Korean, is an appropriate name for this fun modern Hawaiian restaurant located in the East Village. Chef Chung Chow and his partners Gerald San Jose and Jin Ahn have created an atmosphere where guests can enjoy artfully crafted food paired with wine. The menu is complemented by a carefully curated wine list of approximately 200 selections, with a strong representation from France. In addition to the wines, there are several craft beers and specialty sakes on the list. Noreetuh.com Recommendations | Be sure to try the Shrimp Poké with" cucumbers, wasabi, pearl onions and yuzu or the Big-Eye Tuna Poké with macadamia nuts, pickled jalapeños and seaweed. TOMBO—POKÉ & MATCHA BAR | LONDON Tombo, London’s first authentic Japanese café and matcha (green tea) bar, is situated in the heart of the South Kensington museum district, offering a new experience in modern Japanese food and the art of tea. From healthy bento boxes, handmade sushi and salads to comforting katsu curries and noodles, and, of course, fabulous fresh poké, Tombo has just the right dish, whatever your mood. All dishes are perfectly accompanied with special teas that will leave you feeling refreshed. Tombopoke.com Recommendations | Try one of their signature poké dishes like " the Spicy Mayo Prawn Bowl with sirracha mayo, edamame, crispy shallots and shichimi chili or build your own bowl out of ingredients like salmon caviar, tuna, kimchee and more. POKÉ | AUSTRALIA Poké prides itself on being sustainable, supporting local producers, having a seasonal menu and always serving a healthy dose of Aloha (love). Riding the revolutionary wave toward a fast food future that is more than just greasy foods, Poké believes fast food should be served quickly and healthily. That means using quality, locally sourced produce that is tasty and will leave customers wanting more. Lovepoke.com.au Recommendations | Sample the Coconut Delight, made with " cured white fish, coconut milk and citrus flavors combined with seasonal vegetables. We also suggest the Aloha Way, with your choice of ahi tuna or salmon with soy and sesame flavors served with sweet onions, cherry tomatoes and green shallots, or you can create your own bowl too.
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