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Street Food Sunday: Poke Is A Bowl Of Happiness In Hawaii

Street Food Sunday: Poke Is A Bowl Of Happiness In Hawaii

hawaiian poke bowl recipe

Take a flavour trip to Hawaii with indulging in Poke.

You cannot go to Hawaii and not try its Poke. If you skipped this bowl of happiness, you would be doing yourself a disservice because it’s simply delicious. It’s fresh, healthy and represents the vibrancy of Hawaii in a few scoops. It is based on using raw marinated fish varieties, most commonly Yellowfin Tuna or Ahi that’s cubed, and served up with sticky rice and fresh salad ingredients: the combinations are endless.

Poke is found everywhere, from supermarkets, roadside outlets to high-end restaurants meaning that it is always within easy reach because there is a big healthy hunger for it!

Learn how to master your own Hawaii Poke with this easy recipe by acclaimed chef Lee Anne Wong who runs Koko Head Café in Honolulu.

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People living their best Poke lives. Source: Hawaii Tourism Authority

Shoyu ʻAhi Poke Recipe


450g sashimi grade boneless fish (ahi, salmon or marlin)

100g brown onion, sliced thin and rinsed

2 green onions, cleaned and sliced thin

1/2 cup shoyu

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/2 tblsp sugar

1 heavy pinch of red alae sea salt

1 tblsp inamona (kukui nut), or toasted chopped macadamia nuts


Dice your fish into 3/4″ cubes.

Slice your onion thin, going along the grain and rinse well under cold water.

Mix the fish with the sliced onion and chopped green onions.

In a separate bowl, stir the shoyu, sesame oil and sugar together until dissolved, pour over the poke.

Sprinkle a pinch of alae sea salt and mix well.

Transfer to a bowl then sprinkle with inamona or chopped macadamia nuts. You can refrigerate and serve within 24 hours or enjoy your Hawaii Poke immediately!

Feature image: Hawaii Tourism Authority

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