Poke bowls are a traditional Hawaiian dish that incorporates Japanese elements into the dish, as well. Coming from the Hawaiian word "poke" (translation: chunk), poke bowls add chunks of marinated fish to rice, sauce, fruit, and vegetables. Poke bowls are growing in popularity. Learn why you should include poke bowls into your everyday diet by reading below.
Just about everyone can find a poke bowl that fits their tastes. One of the first things to consider about a poke bowl is the type of protein. Poke bowls typically use fish, specifically sushi, but the fish doesn't need to be raw. The protein doesn't even need to be fish.
Some of the most popular proteins include:
- Crab/imitation crab
There is also a wide range of different sauces you can put into your poke bowl, including spicy sauces. sweet sauces, and sesame sauces. You'll also have the option to include fruits such as mango, or vegetables such as onion.
Poke bowls often come with substantial health benefits, based on the ingredients you put into them. Fatty fishes, such as salmon and tuna, contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known as "good fat" that contribute to positive cognitive activity, reduced inflammation, and heart health. The fruits and vegetables you put in your poke bowl include their own health benefits, too.
With that being said, it's also important to know that poke bowls include white rice and sodium. You can swap the white rice for quinoa or barley to reduce your carb intake. You can also opt for low-sodium sauces.
Poke bowls taste delicious. The flavor combinations complement each other in pleasant ways. You can create a poke bowl that follows one taste pallet, such as spicy or sweet. Alternatively, you can combine sweet and spicy flavors. You never need an excuse to eat something delicious.
Poke bowls take diners to Hawaii thanks to the natural Hawaiian ingredients. Polynesian guests will feel the comfort of home every time they eat. Other people will get the chance to experience Polynesian culture through food. It's fun to add to the dining experience by eating at a restaurant with Hawaiian decorations and music. You can recreate the experience at your own home, too.
If you love Polynesian culture and food, you will love adding more poke bowls to your diet. Visit a local restaurant to taste how the pros do it.