Poke Bowl: Deconstructed Food Bowl
You’ve probably seen a poke bowl solely on social media but probably haven’t come across them IRL in Pakistan. On a recent visit to Bamboo Union, I spotted it on the menu and had to try it out. Since I’m no longer a poke virgin, I felt morally obligated to introduce to this deconstructed sushi bowl situation.
Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish which has taken its sweet time reaching mainland USA, from there the trend took off. Poke bowls spread across social media riding on the coattails of the build-your-own-bowl trend. Part of poke’s appeal is the way it can be customized to different tastes. Bamboo Union doesn’t have that option but poke bowls are technically super easy to make at home.
POKE BOWL: SLICE IT, DICE IT
Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated tuna tossed over rice, topped with vegetables and umami sauces. You can select from a multitude of toppings for your poke bowl. Serve it over sushi rice or eat the fish on its own.
If you’re looking for something to eat on the go, poke bowls are super convenient. The dish is loaded with omega fats which means that it’s really good for you. Minimal processing adds to the appeal for diners looking for food that’s close to its natural state. Don’t worry about it being bland, the bowls are seasoned with heat and herbs. The poke bowl at Bamboo Union was topped with a spicy sriracha mayo which I would have eaten spoonfuls of if I had the option. It’s main selling point: the bowls are photogenic and Instagrammable.
So we finally have a trend that is super accessible. Head on over to Bamboo Union for a quick taste and look-see. Your next stop should be Esajees, gather up the ingredients and prep your own bowls, it might just end up being your new go-to comfort food. I’d love to see your take on this Hawaiian classic so don’t forget to tag Charcoal + Gravel when you Instagram your creation, because there’s no way you won’t want to brag. Godspeed.