POKé bowls: The It-Salad from Hawaii
As food trends go, this one seems to tick all the right boxes: it’s a so-called ‘bowl food’ that’s fast, fresh, raw, healthy and exotic, yet affordable too.
Plus, it’s not that different from more familiar favourites, such as sushi and ceviche. So, it’s not surprising that the poké craze quickly jumped from health-conscious California (a result, perhaps, of the diaspora from Hawaii, where it’s a staple) to the rest of the USA, and from there, across the ocean.
Poke in Amsterdam
In the last six months, two poke specialists have popped up in Amsterdam: Poke Perfect and The Poke Market (available via delivery app Foodora) and various eateries have added the dish to their menus. The best-balanced example we’ve tasted in town comes from Meneer Temaki at Foodhallen, where just-warm sushi rice is topped with fresh, black sesame seed-flecked salmon in a soya-based marinade with add-ins such as avocado, edamame, chili-dusted daikon and mango (€11.50, with the works).
Meneer Temaki (Foodhallen)
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 16
The Poke Market