What Are Poke Bowls?

It seems like only yesterday that the acai bowl came sweeping into our lives, but whilst it will always have a special place in our hearts, there’s a new bowl on the block. Poke bowls (pronounced po-kay) are a savoury, traditionally raw-tuna-based snack that have been around in Hawaii for  centuries, but seem to have exploded out of nowhere for the rest of us!

From Scandinavia to Australia, new adaptations and interpretations of the bowl are popping up every day, with trendy additions like quinoa and courgetti emerging as compliments or even alternatives to the traditional seafood base.

However, these westernised versions are causing a bit of a stir with some traditional chefs! Particularly under fire are variations that remove the base entirely, taking the bowl from a sort of deconstructed sushi to something closer to a conventional salad.

Some have expressed concern that they don’t want to see their traditional dish misrepresented, which is absolutely understandable, but others are happy that Hawaiian food – which is such an important part of their culture and identity – is finally being highlighted in the mainstream.

Either way, one thing is for sure – poke bowls are having their time in the sun.  I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling inspired to find out what else Hawaii has been hiding all this time!