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March 16, 2023
Acai bowls and Buddha bowls step aside! There’s a new nourishing bowl popping up in trendy cafes, instagram feeds and mouths throughout the world – the Poke bowl; pronounced poh-keh.
What is a poke bowl?Poke is a Hawaiian dish which also has a heavy Japanese influence, and is characterised by the use of raw, sashimi-style fish. Poke originates in Hawaii and can be translated to mean ‘cut or slice’, referring to the way the fish is prepared.
The fish is usually marinated in a variety of fresh herbs and spices, soy sauce and sesame oil, and can be served sprinkled with fresh ginger, sesame seeds and fresh chilli.
In Hawaii poke isn't generally served on top of white rice, but there are different versions of it springing up around the world mainly atop sushi rice and brown rice. I’ve opted for quinoa in my supercharged version of this coastal dish. Quinoa is gluten free, high in protein, high in fibre and contains magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, potassium, calcium, phorphorous, vitamin E, antioxidants and essential amino acids! I’ve also swapped out soy sauce for a healthier tamari variety.
When you’re buying the tuna, remember that fresh is best! Try and purchase a cut with minimal white lines, as this is connective tissue and can make the tuna chewy. The tuna should be firm to touch, with little to no odour and it should have a deep red/purple hue. The fish offers an array of healthy amino acids and essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Modern adaptations of poke also call for salmon, crab and octopus.
This wholesome and wholegrain dish is bursting with tangy oriental flavours and enticing aromas and can be enjoyed on a balmy summer evening or by the fireplace on a crisp winter night.
It's healthy and simple and downright supercharged!
Quinoa:2 cups quinoa, rinsed3 cups waterFew slices of ginger (optional) 1/4 cup chopped corianderOptional: add some sliced ginger to the pot at the beginning to infuse throughout cooking.
To cook quinoa:Add quinoa and water to a pot. Bring to boil and let simmer until fluffy.
Sesame macadamia coconut topping:1/2 cup macadamias, roughly chopped1/4 cup sesame seeds1/4 cup coconut flakes
Roast all ingredients in a pan until fragrant and set aside.
Poke:1/3 cup tamari1 tsp sesame oil1 tbsp sesame seeds2 tbsp chopped shallots1 clove garlic crushedLarge knob ginger grated Zest and juice of half a lime1/2 - 1 long chilli 3-4 sashimi grade tuna, cut into cubes
To make poke: Combine all ingredients except tuna in a bowl and stir. Add in tuna and toss to coat. Let sit in fridge for 20-30 mins to let the flavours absorb.
To assemble:Stir coriander through quinoa before serving. Add quinoa to bowl. Add poke on top of the quinoa. Top with avocado, prepared macadamia topping and extra coriander!
E ʻai kāua!(Let’s eat!)
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