There’s No Better Poke Than In Hawaii
I love poke! In fact, on Thursday and Friday afternoon for lunch, I had poke from a local place called Aloha Poke. Growing up, eating raw fish was not in the diet for a meat-and-potatoes European family. I did not have sushi until I was in my early twenties because it was something I just never ate.
As I ate my lunches, I was reminded of our honeymoon earlier this year. When my wife and I arrived in Hawaii in February, we were accompanied by a UPS pilot in the shuttle van to the hotel. He was flying out to Guam the next morning but he was very curious about us, asking questions, joking about married life. We then got to the best piece of advice we would get during our stay in Hawaii. He recommended Hawaiian poke, and specifically from Foodland. It blew our minds and we still long for it after all these months. It is the best poke we have ever had.
Poke is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of native Hawaiian cuisine. You can get it with salmon, yellowfin tuna…but the real deal is to have it with Ahi tuna.
Getting it in Hawaii is much different than getting it in Toronto or Canada. Having fresh fish around you in a warm climate allows for the best poke in the world. Frozen tundra is great, and it brings salmon, but not Ahi tuna nor is it caught the day before and the most local, freshest fish you have ever eaten.
So when we first went to Foodland, we were struck by how plain it seemed. It looked like every other grocery store. We then realized at the Ala Moana Centre you can find classy Foodland that look and feel like Whole Foods.
The main event is in the back of the store. Similar to a deli counter, you are greeted by all different types and kinds of poke. Different fishes. Same fishes but different ingredients and tastes. Add a bit of rice and you could customize your own take away poke! It was amazing.
We were lucky enough to spend time in Honolulu in O’ahu and then the island of Maui – I will share more about our trip in future posts. When we have foods we had on our honeymoon we longingly and fondly look back at our honeymoon experience and wish we could go back. If you ever go to Hawaii, or go back to Hawaii, check out your local Foodland and get yourself some poke…you will not regret it!
Have you been to Hawaii and tried their poke? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments below.