Poké Bowls haven’t exactly hit Singapore by storm but it’s slowly catching on with the locals in terms of popularity. Pronounced poh-kay, it is the Hawaiian verb for “to slice or cut” and originates from… you guessed it! Hawaii!
Usually served with slices of seasoned fish on top of leafy greens, poké is a common Hawaiian appetiser. I don’t know about you but I like it, ALOT.
Health Benefits to Eating Poké
1. Healthy Ingredients
Fish is one of the key ingredients to poké, and it is a great fix for your daily source of protein.
On top of that, fish has essential fatty acids like omega that helps to improve brain function. The fatty acids also helps to play a part in improving cardiovascular health, and maintaining a healthy cholesterol level.
Vegetables are high in fibre and are a great help for regular bowel movements. They have a low caloric count, in fact, 4 ounces of poké has less than 150 calories.
Selection of Base
Poké may be a Hawaiian appetiser, but here in Asia, they are typically served as a main course.
Depending on how hungry you are, you can select a base which fills you best. For a heavier meal, go for rice, or if you are feeling less hungry, salad. The best way to have a meal when all your friends want different things, I should say.
One of the main appeals of poké is that it gives you the creative freedom to choose the ingredients that you want to personalise your own meal.
From the bright colours of red cherry tomatoes and canary yellow of pineapples, to the more earthy browns of almonds and walnuts, the combination of colours are simply endless.
Quick and Easy
Poké is a great choice for individuals who want a meal that doesn’t take too much time to prepare or to wash up. All that is required in the preparation process is to cut the ingredients. Since there wasn’t much kitchen utensils used, washing up is also minimal.
3. Places to Try Poké
Believed to be one of the first few companies to start the poké trend in Singapore, Aloha Poké offers fresh, tasty poké. What started out as a simple idea by 2 couples who wished to bring a taste of Hawaii back to Singapore, Aloha Poké established its authenticity by catering to Hawaiian customers who love the taste.
I had the delight of trying out Aloha Poké as my first bowl of poké, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was pleasantly surprised at the generous portions, not just for the vegetables, but for the salmon cubes too. The ingredients used were very fresh— you can tell from the leafy greens of the vegetables to the pinkish hue of the salmon.
To complete my healthy meal, I ordered fresh coconut juice from a selection of juices. Complete. Satisfaction.
With fresh fish sourced daily, superb service, and wonderful ambience, Poké Doke knows what it takes to have end-to-end customer service. The food here maintains the standard of good quality, and waiters are friendly and approachable.
For the spice-lovers out there you guys have got to try the Spicy Almighty. Made with American-style spicy mayo, Japanese mayo and hot sauce, and topped with Togarashi spice, this is one mean bowl of poké!
The team behind Alter Ego totally gets it when there are days that you want to eat healthy but don’t know what to get. At Alter Ego, choose from 5 pre-set options, with prices ranging from $14 to $17 a bowl. Vegan options available too.
If you’re still unsure which of the 5 to get, we recommend The Wildcard. (pardon the expression) This dish features their best-selling marinade, and comes with avocado miso tuna on sushi rice. As an indulgent treat, the bowl is topped with ikura, tobiko, and seasonal picked veggies.
But hey, don’t just take our words for it, go try them out for yourselves!