Another creation out of the kitchen of Chef Choi is ready for your next date night: the simple yet delicious poke bowl. If you say poke bowl fast it sort of sounds like poke ball. Yes, this is a really nerdy comment but it made me laugh. If you are a sushi fanatic but making sushi from scratch seems like a daunting feat, then you will fall in love with this easy recipe.
Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish dish that is typically made with tuna. It’s not seared or cooked in any way nor is it “cooked” like ceviche. So, if you’re into Sashimi then this flavorful recipe is a nice change of pace. I like to devour my poke over rice so that the sauce and all the juices seep into the rice while I eat it. Poke is a relatively easy dish to make; all you need is the ingredients, a little knife work, and some patience.
First you want to cut the tuna into ½” by ½” cubes. Next, take a spoon and scrape the skin off the ginger. This is a nice trick I learned on peeling ginger and it gives you more control on peeling the skin in-between the crevasses and odd nooks that a peeler just cant get into. Mince the ginger and add to a large bowl. Next, thinly slice the scallions and onions. The thinner the better so that you don’t get a huge bite of onion overpowering the sweet and saltiness of the sauce. Alternatively, you can small dice the sweet onion. In a smaller bowl, add the soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil and whisk together. Add the sauce to the bowl with the tuna, onions, and ginger and mix together.
This is the important part. You must refrigerate it for at least an hour. This will give the ingredients time to marinate and absorb the different flavors.
Garnish with sesame seeds and Togarashi* powder (if you have it) and serve over rice.
- 2 tbs minced ginger
- 3 thinly sliced scallions
- 1 thin sliced sweet onion
- 1 lbs tuna
- 6 tbs soy sauce
- 4 tbs sesame oil
- 2 tbs sugar
- togarashi* powder (optional)
- sesame seeds
*Togarashi powder is a Japanese spice garnish. It usually comes in a small bottle and has a spicy, salty, sometime tart flavor profile.
If you loved this recipe share it with your friends and have a great date night!