One of my favorite dishes is ahi tuna poké, and I often wonder where this fabulous dish has come from. Poké is a dish that many cultures have some form of, and I think it is amazing that one dish can have so many manipulations on the original dish of cubed raw seafood.
A Brief Poké History
Poké is the new trend of the mainland, originating from the Hawaiian Islands. According to Food and Wine, poké has no original origin but it has always been cubed raw fish marinated and eaten by the locals. Poké is a very common Hawaiian local food that has gone from households to grocery stores to the high-end restaurants. Many modern variations of this local dish have been made using additional ingredients such as onions and avocado. Poké has turned from the comfort food of Hawaii to a blank canvas for many chefs around the world. The Honolulu Magazine describes how the dish has been brought into many different countries and manipulated based on culture. The poke dish has gone in so many directions, even going towards a Mediterranean style. Poké is a open recipe for foodies and chefs around the world.
An Ahi Poké Joy Festival
The coolest thing about poké is the love Hawaii has for it. Hawaii has so many varieties of the dish and a even a festival. What’s Cooking in America describes the three day festival as a disappearance of the dish in amidst of “mmmms” and “ahhhhs.” The festival consists of a contest that has entries from across the world on the variations of the basic dish leading to seventy five finalists. People from around the world are able to taste the many variations after judging occurs, and it is simply amazing to watch the simple dish grow into the five-star meal you eat in France.
My favorite poké is a recipe I have used for quite awhile now with a Japanese flair. I chose to serve this dish over sushi rice as it gives deconstructed sushi; sushi being my favorite food. The reality of this dish is that is so simple to make. It took me approximately forty-five minutes to create this beautiful dish on Sunday. As many wonder why the mainland does not have poké festivals, I have decided to turn to my kitchen to create a festival in my stomach. Here is the quick simple recipe for your mini poké festival:
Ahi Tuna Poké with Sushi Rice
Yields: As much tuna as you wish:)
Time: About 45 minutes
2 1/2 Tbsp Asian sesame oil
2 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 of a minced shallots
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotles in adobo
Fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna cut into diced cubes
1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp diced green onion
- In order to cook the sushi rice, follow the instructions on the back of the bag. It usually follows water and rice grains coming to a bowl. Then letting the rice simmer on a low heat.
- Whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice, minced shallots, fresh ginger, adobo, cilantro, and green onions into a medium bowl. (Hint: when mincing the shallots, prepare to tear up a little since it is a cross between onion and garlic.)
- Add the tuna into the medium bowl and mix into the sauce and vegetables.
- Place the sushi rice and poké into a bowl.
I told you this dish was so easy to make. And not only is it easy to make, it tastes amazing. I made this dish most recently for my parents and they fell in love with it. You will truly fall in love with this recipe, just like I did.
Have some ahi poké joy, and enjoy!
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