There are lots of interesting dishes and recipes that have a long cultural tradition but then infiltrates the mainstream. Think about pizza, for example: it’s ubiquitous, but once was confined to the environs of Italy. And now there’s a dish called poké from our fiftieth state that’s poised to do the same thing.
Poké—pronounced just like you’d expect it to be—has been popular across the Hawaiian islands for decades. You can find it everywhere, from fancy restaurants to dives by the side of the road. It’s so popular that many people refer to it as Hawaii’s hamburger. Poké relies on a natural ingredient: fresh fish. That’s the base of the traditional version of it, although there are lots of flavor riffs for people who don’t like the taste or consistency of raw seafood. With a variety of proteins, mix-ins, and flavors to choose from, everyone can find their favorite poké combination.
Some people serve it over rice, some do not, but one thing’s for sure: traditional poké has loads of good-for-you nutrients. It’s low in calories and high in protein. It also contains essential fatty acids which help to maintain brain function, cardiovascular health, and healthy cholesterol levels. Combine the healthy aspect with its fresh, delicious flavors, no wonder the popularity of poké has gained traction across the country.
Check out this infographic to learn everything you need to know about poké!