A poke bowl that I learned in Honolulu, very simple and sooooo delicious
About this recipe
I first heard about poke when I visited the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu, and my first try was a revelation
"Poke" means "to cut" or "to slice" in Hawaiian language
Honolulu, in beautiful Oahu. That was the last island of the Hawaiian islands that I visited, for I was under the assumption that Honolulu was just another American city, with its starbuck and other chain food restaurants...
And I was wrong ! The city and the island are actually very interesting ! I recommend to visit not only Honolulu but also the countryside which is amazing
Here's the volcanoe "Diamond Head" that you can see from Waikiki beach
Beautiful Waikiki beach...
Though I liked Waikiki, I preferred other beaches, on the south side, more quiet, with locals, and fewer tourists !
And I love those Hula dances, and even if they are here for tourists' delight, I find them so beautiful.... Something that I learned during my trip to Oahu : These dancers tell a story, but through their hands : You are supposed to look at their hands, for it is their hands that will tell the story
The greatest surfer
The best surfer of all times is probably Duke Kahanamoku, and this statue reminds us that Duke used to swim and surf here
The other greatest surfer
Did you recognize the other best world surfer ? Yes ! That's me, holding a surf board for the very first time in my life....
That's me... falling.
Still me... in the water...
And finally I could surf my first wave... in waikiki beach !
1. Start by cooking the rice
2. For the Salmon Filet (2 ¼ lbs or 1 kg), remove bones and the skin
3. Cut the Salmon Filet (2 ¼ lbs or 1 kg) into chunks
4. Actually, I am using Salmon Filet but if you travel to Hawaii, you will notice that they prefer using Tuna
5. Peel the Avocado (1)
6. Cut in big chunks and add some lemon juice to avoid the avocado to turn dark
7. Peel and grate some Ginger Root
8. To peel the Ginger Root, simply use a spoon, not a peeler !
9. Add the crushed Garlic Cloves (2)
10. Add the Sesame Oil (1 tablespoon) and the Palm Sugar (½ teaspoon) that you may substitute with brown sugar
Sesame Oil can be easily found in supermarkets
Palm Sugar is more Thai than Chinese, but I like its taste
You may replace with Brown Sugar
11. Add the Soy Sauce (3 tablespoons) and the diced Green Onions ('Scallions') (3)
12. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix them
13. Assembling the bowl: Start by putting some Rice in each bowl
14. Add the Fish with the Sauce and the Avocado
15. For the toppings, I use Coriander leaves (cilantro) and Sesame Seeds
So simple, and sooooo good !